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Extremely disappointing 7. August 2014
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I bought this book because a) I was hoping to further my understanding from other works on this topic, such as _The Soil Will Save Us_, _Cows Save the Planet_, etc. and b) it was bylined by Michael Pollan, who I deeply respect (though on closer examination, he simply provided a foreword).

Frankly, I thought this book was dreadful.

Little effort is made to present actual scientific data. The author writes in an extremely precious, affected style, full of "golly gee whiz" exclamations and faux-spiritual pronouncements about "positive energy" and the like. A typical one-sentence paragraph: "Think of all the positive energy that would happen." While 'positive energy' might be a net gain, it would be nice to get some actual data on how to produce measurable gains and improvements in the soil that is the supposed topic of discussion.

While the people that are described as making progress in soil revitalization are compelling, more attention is paid to their states of mind and appearance than the techniques that they are using to produce their results. Instead of specifics, the reader is subjected to the author's ruminations on "what is life's purpose" and "what is beauty" and similar hokum that has little or nothing to do with the topic supposedly under discussion.

If you are looking for a book on soil revitalization that was a collaborative effort between Deepak Chopra and Ron Popeil, this is the book for you! If you are looking for usable techniques and results-based information, you will leave disappointed.
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Grass Soil Hope 21. Juni 2014
Von Jeffrey Creque - Veröffentlicht auf
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“Grass, Soil, Hope, A Journey through Carbon Country,” by Courtney White (Chelsea Green, 2014), is an interesting and inspiring read. Did you know that San Francisco Bay wetlands had the potential to capture over 15 tons of carbon dioxide per acre each year, or that there were up to 400 million beaver in North America before European arrival, some 50 beaver for every mile of stream?

It may come as a surprise to some that, by design, White does not address carbon capture by forests, so-called “green carbon,” in this book. Yet, in the broadest sense, he does, since the core topic of his book is the capacity of growing vegetation, whether rangeland grasses or emergent wetland vegetation, or farmed landscapes, to capture atmospheric CO2. Soil carbon only becomes such as the end product of a process that begins with the capture of atmospheric carbon dioxide by the photosynthesizing green leaf. But because soils do indeed hold greater-much greater- capacity than standing forests to store carbon, White chooses, rightly, to focus on what he calls “brown carbon;” the carbon sequestered in the soil’s organic matter.

White’s thoughtful book includes philosophical ramblings among down-cutting arroyos and restored mountain streams, explicitly evoking the foundational land ethic of Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, and others; at one point White describes an eroding abandoned roadbed as a “crime scene.” From the rooftop farms of New York City to the restoration of wetlands 6 feet below sea level in New Orleans, to a revitalized 7000 foot high meadow in the mountains of New Mexico, White describes an astonishing array of real world responses to addressing –and reversing- climate change through the mechanism of soil carbon sequestration.

Through the concept of querencia. White explores the potent, if naïve enthusiasm of the “new agrarianism,” and dives into the depth, history and knowledge of the old agrarianism. He defines and explores the significance of agrivoltaics, and delineates the benefits of “planned grazing” for biodiversity, soil carbon, and climate.

Finally, White poses this challenge to the world; can we double the world’s soil carbon content to avert the worst ravages of climate change and reap the rewards of a carbon-rich soil ecology while there is still time? White shows how a mere 2% of the US population, using 2% of the nation’s GDP could do just that, while revealing the deep democracy of carbon-rich soils.

There is a deep humility in “Grass, Soil, Hope.” White honors the pioneers, radical thinkers and land stewardship outliers who are leading the way into a bold new carbon-based cultural-ecology, while at the same time he makes it clear that we all live in Carbon Country, and indeed always have.

While taking a clear-eyed look at the work -and dangers- that lie ahead, White paints a hopeful picture with a remarkably variable collection of tales of success. Well worth the read, let us hope that the stories that inspired White to write the book will encourage all of us to follow him, clear-eyed, into our future as responsible stewards of Carbon Country.

Jeffrey Creque
Carbon Cycle Institute
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Practical and exciting! 5. August 2014
Von Allen Scott - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book was a great read. I recommend it to those new to the importance of soil health as well as those aware of our great environmental issues and are looking for hope in stories of the carbon cycle. Some really cool stuff is happening around this country, and Courtney White is one of the best people to narrate it. When I lived in Santa Fe, I learned a lot about the Quivira Coaltion, an organization Courtney founded that works collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to solve land management issues, and they did such cutting-edge, positive, and productive projects all over the West. I quote Michael pollen when I say that this book, although filled with hope, is "deeply rooted in the soil of science and the practical work of farming". As a young person looking to engage more in a homesteading lifestyle, this is a new favorite book.
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Brings Together Great Writing of Carbon Country 24. Juli 2014
Von Ben Munger - Veröffentlicht auf
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Although I have read some of the chapters Courtney put in "Grass, Soil, Hope" in other forms I found the material newly invigorated with a sincere intensity and a desire for a wider audience to fully understand soil carbon as it relates to farming and ranching. I teach a high school class in Organic Agriculture and Conservation and will use the book for my class this year. Although it is not aimed at high school students it is for a younger (agile of mind) audience of farmers and ranchers and the community that is developing around them. I liked that personal discovery was a glue that put the chapters together, but the last discovery around Courtney's Santa Fe was a little vague, though I believe it got the point across that you've got to start in your own backyard. Each detailed explanation (especially the three carbon molecules) was excellent and focusing back in on carbon kept the link strong between the places Courtney traveled to tell this story. Finally, I appreciate that Aldo Leopold is brought up frequently as a lens to understand what Courtney is seeing. Getting young people excited about soil carbon and climate is goal of this book, but a strong focus on conservation holds Carbon Country together.
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An optimistic approach to sustainable agriculture and climate change mitigation... Engaging and well documented 30. Juni 2014
Von Eric Jensen - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an important and exciting book detailing the potential and techniques for carbon sequestration in our soil, which can positively impact global warming as well as support sustainable food production models. I was particularly inspired by the discussions of the 'young agrarian' movement; The Greenhorns, urban rooftop farming, the National Young Farmers Coalition, etc. Highly recommended!
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