Cows Save the Planet And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

ISBN-10: 1603584323
ISBN-13: 9781603584326
Edition: 2013
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 5/20/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.02" wide x 9.00" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

InCows Save the Planet, journalist Judith D. Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity—there are positive, alternative scenarios to the degradation and devastation we face. In each case, our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil.Drawing on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade scientists and institutional whistleblowers from around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the conventional thinking about global warming and other problems. For example, land can suffer fromundergrazingas well as overgrazing, since certain landscapes, such as grasslands, require the disturbance from livestock to thrive. Regarding climate, when we focus on carbon dioxide, we neglect the central role of water in soil—"green water"—in temperature regulation. And much of the carbon dioxide that burdens the atmosphere is not the result of fuel emissions, but from agriculture; returning carbon to the soil not only reduces carbon dioxide levels but also enhances soil fertility.Cows Save the Planetis at once a primer on soil's pivotal role in our ecology and economy, a call to action, and an antidote to the despair that environmental news so often leaves us with.

Gretel Ehrlich is the author of "A Match to the Heart" among other works of nonfiction, fiction & poetry. She divides her time between California & Wyoming.

Foreword
Introduction
Ground Zero for Carbon Dioxide Reduction Is the Ground
Carbon Trading: Nature's Version
The Making and Unmaking of Deserts-The Grazing Paradox
The Return of Lost Water
Beyond Eat Your Vegetables
The More the Merrier: Biodiversity Starts in the Soil
The Soil Grab
Floods, Drought, and the Grasslands, LLC, Experiment
The Soil Standard
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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