This will surely be called an important book. Ohlson conveys her information in the lively manner of writers such as Michel Pollan and Rowan Jacobsen, making complicated ideas easily accessible to the reader, so that we see the ground at our feet not as dead dirt but rather as, in her words, a "coral reef" teeming with life, a 'massive biological machine' on which the health of our species depends. We're lucky to have this account. (Michael Ruhlman, author of The Soul of a Chef)
On the long list of things we have to do to fight climate change, learning to pay attention to soil again is near the top. It's not just dirt, it's not just something that holds plants upright--as this book points out, it's pretty damned vital. (Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet)
I was barely a dozen pages into The Soil Will Save Us when I felt the ground shifting under my feet--the literal ground, as in the composition of the rich humus of old-growth forests compared to the exhausted, scorched, and ruined ancient fields of global farming--and the psychic ground…. This is a remarkable book, which tells--with a light touch and a breezy, readable manner--a story of modern science of the most crucial importance. (Melissa Fay Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock and There Is No Me Without You)
At last, soil has been included in the conversation about food. And you don't need a degree in soil sciences to see how the web of life below the surface that infuses soil--is soil--is strongly affected by the various webs of life that occur aboveground, for better and worse. . . . This book is eminently readable, well-researched, and important."--Deborah Madison, author of The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone "The Soil Will Save Us is a convincing argument that those of us who care about the environment have to start from the ground up--that is, if we are going to give a better world to our grandchildren, we're going to have to develop a deep interest in dirt. Fortunately, all you need to become fascinated by dirt is a book like this, which reveals just how intricate and important it is. (Nathanael Johnson, author of All Natural)
The author has a clear storytelling style, which comes in handy when drawing this head-turning portrait of lowly dirt. But dirt--or soil, if you prefer--takes on character in Ohlson's hands, and readers will soon become invested in its well-being, for soil is a planetary balancer, and from its goodness comes the food we eat....Ohlson ably delineates this promising situation: Vital soil may well help address climate change, but it absolutely will provide for "more productive farms, cleaner waterways, and overall healthier landscapes. (KIRKUS REVIEWS)
Kristin Ohlson's examination of how farming and forestry techniques might mitigate, if not resolve, global warming. We generally think of climate change as a story of sky -- of emitted gases, of atmospheric carbon levels, of storms. Author Kristin Ohlson would like to direct our gaze earthward, to take a long, hard look at the dirt beneath our feet. We may have overlooked a solution there...This is a hopeful book and a necessary one. The Soil Will Save Us is not the last word on this subject but is a fast-paced and entertaining shot across the bow of mainstream thinking about land use. May a million new farms bloom. (The Los Angeles Times)
Kristin Ohlson is a writer based in Portland, OR. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, Discover, and elsewhere. Her article about burning coal mines was collected in Best American Science Writing 2011. She is also the author of Stalking the Divine, which won the American Society of Journalists and Authors' 2004 Best Nonfiction Book award, and coauthor of New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School.
Great book for gaining a better understanding of how the current agriculture practices contribute greatly to global warming, and how carbon sequestration through better soil... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Reader
A great survey of the developments in soil science and how it affects us all!Published 4 days ago by Victoria810
I love gardening but I also love science and want to know why we do what we do. This book tells you what to do and why. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Annetta K. Wolfe
The book makes a few unsupported assertions implying that good soil will absorb enough CO2 to save the planet.. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lumion
An excellent intro to soil science. She dumbs it down a little too much for my taste, but I understand that she's trying to reach the widest audience possible.Published 2 months ago by Lindsay T.
Intriguing ideas, but short on the economics and practicality. For instance, in the corn belt, where farmers are putting more of their crops to corn without rotating into plants... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeremy Freeman
You have to read this book it totally changed the way I look at the world and garden. Life changing!Published 3 months ago by Jai
Brings to light vital information about soil and basic agriculture that's been virtually lost in the era of chemical/industrial farming. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel Hemesath