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Weeds, guardians of the soil Hardcover – January 1, 1950

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Devin-Adair; 1st edition (1950)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DQV9Y
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,699,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is such a joyous book, filled with insight and personal experiences. It is not a truly scientific text, though science is being explained through it. The idea of the benefits of weeds for soil development and for nutrition was really way ahead of its time when this was published in 1950, before the onslaught of the petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides which now dominate North America and much of the world. The very same debates today were being raised by the professor with a healthy amount of skepticism without losing his optimistic and earthy view of life. This text could easily and happily be read by teenagers and understood. It would be a great impetus for science class and re-connecting with the natural world instead of electronica. Besides a delightful commentary on feral cats and their detriment to the ecosystem (pg.139) he has a wonderful view about his entire field of study:

"It goes without saying that there must be scientific planning and well-directed procedure, else accomplishments may result in little more than the sentimental hysteria which a bit of superficial knowledge about Nature seems to arouse.....But stern science, without a measure of sentiment-- true Nature-sentiment-- swings the pendulum too far in the opposite direction.....Anyone who thinks that he must kill a bird in order to study it thoroughly is not a naturalist. He is an anatomist who should work in a museum." (pg. 133)

This should be re-published and redistributed to the general public!
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