BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

 

In macrobiotics we are mindful of the true health-giving vitality in properly grown, seasonal, organic food. Food that grows naturally between the sun and healthy, undepleted earth, with no chemical interference, nourishes people very well. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Easy to read and packed with truthful information that needs to be shared, it is about humanity and “life”, not consumerism at any cost.

Finalist for the Pen/E.O.Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, David Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and Professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. “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.”

Page 151. “ But all the organic plots now have soil organic matter contents greater than 4 percent, whereas the conventional ones remain less than 2 percent. By conservative estimation, the amount of carbon in the soil doubled over several decades…….organic farming and organic matter input increase soil carbon and nitrogen content as well as microbial biomass and activity.”

For centuries, conventional agricultural practices have eroded the soil that farming depends on, stripping it of the organic matter vital to its productivity. Now, this conventional approach is threatening disaster for the world’s growing population. In Growing a Revolution geologist David Montgomery travels the world, meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health. From Kansas to Ghana, he sees why ditching the plow (plough, Eng), planting cover crops and growing a diversity of crops is the solution. When farmers restore fertility to the land naturally, this helps feed the world, cool the planet, reduce pollution, and return profitability to family farms.