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A MacArthur Fellow's impassioned call to make agriculture sustainable by ditching the plow, covering the soil, and diversifying crop rotations.

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The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population.

But there is reason for hope. David R. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity's ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today.

Montgomery explores why practices based on the principles of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility. In addition, he discusses how these practices translate into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, and lower carbon emissions. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Growing a Revolution lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems.

"This surprising, inspiring, and thoroughly engaging look at soil restoration is an outstanding example of how a complicated, even seemingly dull topic can take flight in the hands of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable author." ---Booklist

"Montgomery’s fascinating exposé of how our food is grown will convince readers that soil health should not remain an under-the-radar issue and that we all benefit from embracing a new philosophy of farming." ---Kirkus

“In his reader-friendly style, Montgomery describes the environmental crossroads at which we stand and shows us not only the devastation but the potential solution that exists right beneath our feet.” ---Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl

“In the past couple of years, an awful lot of smart people have started talking very seriously about the state of the planet’s soil. If you want to understand what’s at stake, and learn about the exciting possibilities, this book is a fine starting point.” ---Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“This is a Sand County Almanac of agriculture, a Walden of loam and tilth, a paradigm-bending journey into the principles that guide the life beneath our feet and thus the life that nourishes us.” ---Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce

Growing a Revolution

Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Author David R. Montgomery

Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer

Publication date May 9, 2017

Running time 11 hrs

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