Cows Save the Planet

de Judith Schwartz (Autor)

In Cows 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 from undergrazing as 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 Planet is 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.

Detalles del Libro

Colaborador
Gretel Ehrlich (Autor del prefacio)
Fecha de publicación
20 de mayo de 2013
Editor
Número de páginas
240
ISBN
9781603584333
ISBN papel
9781603584326
Tamaño del archivo
2 MB