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Grass, Soil, Hope tackles an increasingly crucial question: What can we do about the seemingly intractable challenges confronting all of humanity today, including climate change, global hunger, water scarcity, environmental stress, and economic instability?

The answer involves carbon. It's the soil beneath our feet, the plants that grow, the wildlife we watch, the livestock we raise, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the air we breathe.

Scientists maintain that a mere 2 percent increase in the carbon content of the planets soils could offset a large percentage of green house-gas emissions going into the atmosphere. Is it even possible? It is not only possible, it is essential.

Land-based, low-tech carbon sequestration efforts already in use by farmers, ranchers, and gardeners around the world help to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. These include composting, no-till farming, climate-friendly livestock practices, conserving natural habitat, restoring degraded watersheds and rangelands, and producing local food.

In Grass, Soil, Hope, White shows how these efforts can be bundled together into an economic and ecological whole as a way to reduce atmospheric CO2 while producing substantial co-benefits for all living things.

Publication Details

  • Published: 2014
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing