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ISBN: 9781603585453
Year Added to Catalog: 2014
Book Format: Paperback
Book Art: All Text
Dimensions: 6x9
Number of Pages: 272
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Release Date: May 19, 2014
Web Product ID: 796

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Grass, Soil, Hope

A Journey Through Carbon Country

by Courtney White

Foreword by Michael Pollan

Praise

"As anyone paying attention now knows, we will be facing numerous new challenges in our agriculture and food system in the near future. The most important 'journey' we all need to make in preparing for that future is, as Courtney White points out, to restore the biological health of our soil. The hopefulness in Courtney's journey comes from his demonstration of the practical ways in which we can accomplish this task. Anyone interested in the future of food should read this remarkable, heartwarming book."

Fred Kirschenmann, author, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher


"Grass, Soil, Hope takes us on a journey from one fascinating topic—and one inspirational, hardworking individual—to another. The exciting concept of 'carbon farming', which Courtney White clearly articulates both with theory and with practical examples, could revolutionize our entire approach to environmental restoration. If widely applied, these techniques would reverse climate change, and reestablish health to the land, to ourselves, and to our communities. This is an important book that is filled with hope."

Larry Korn , translator and editor of Masanobu Fukuoka's The One-Straw Revolution and Sowing Seeds in the Desert


"Courtney White's book offers refreshing insights on 'climate-smart' agriculture. In an era when farmers and ranchers are often vilified for environmental disruptions, this analysis gives an optimistic contrast: It's a well-grounded practical outlook of the win-win outcomes of management practices by ranchers who are good stewards of soil carbon."

L. Ann Thrupp , PhD, executive director, Berkeley Food Institute, University of California, Berkeley


"Courtney White employs a masterful blend of storytelling and science to communicate a most hopeful message: that building healthy soils &em;in some surprising and creative ways—can help solve our food, water, and climate challenges all at the same time. The carbon-capturing farmers, ranchers, and conservationists whose work White so elegantly describes form the vanguard of a new movement of regenerative production that deserves society's attention and support. Inspiring, thought-provoking, energizing, and—at bottom—full of hope."

Sandra Postel, Freshwater Fellow, National Geographic Society


"This delightful diamond of a book is a tour-de-force that covers the story of carbon from the Big Bang to your backyard. It's a must-read for anyone interested in how carbon endlessly cycles from soil into plants and animals (including humans), most of the things we create, and then on into the atmosphere that blankets our planet. At a time when environmental narratives have become gloomy, this book is a breath of optimism exhaled with practical recommendations for moving carbon from the air back into the soil, for the health of the planet and every creature on it."

Fred Provenza, professor emeritus, Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University


"Grass, Soil, Hopeis a wonderfully accessible account of the promise of soil and agriculture for a better climate and better future."

Thomas E. Lovejoy, professor of environmental science and policy, George Mason University, and senior fellow, United Nations Foundation


"Grass, soil, hope: three simple words with the power to tackle society's most challenging problems. A ray of sunshine, converted by grass into carbon and stored in the soil, represents the possibility of a brighter future. Courtney White takes us on an enlightening journey to farms, ranches, and ecosystems around the world to show us where the most important molecule of life—carbon—is regenerating landscapes. An empowering and uplifting read!"

Gabe Brown, owner, Brown's Ranch, Bismarck, North Dakota


"Grass, Soil, Hopeis not just another gloom-and-doom composition about global climate change. Courtney White takes the reader back to earth's beginnings to help illustrate the vital role of carbon in sustaining life and then gives real-life, real-time examples of agricultural practitioners who are using creativity and common sense to grow food, restore watersheds and wildlife habitat, and, yes, sequester lots of carbon."

William McDonald, fifth-generation cattle rancher; founder and director of the Malpai Borderlands Group


"This is a book to read for many reasons: to learn about the Earth's carbon cycle; to glimpse ways 'conservation' is evolving, especially in the semi-arid West; and to understand the future of ranching and sustainable agriculture. It's also a book to read if you want to be infused with hope, and inspired to play a broader role in the face of climate change. For many of us who think about ways to create a more resilient world for future generations, it pays to think more about carbon. This book will get you started."

Jonathan Overpeck, co-director, Institute of the Environment; professor of geosciences and atmospheric sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson


"A great practical book that I hope will be read by many people in all walks of life, even those who still doubt human-induced climate change. No technology even imaginable can restore nature's past healthy functioning over the Earth's greatest land areas&em;its vast grasslands. The solutions Courtney illustrates can and will do what is required, and he tells the story well."

Allan Savory, president and founder of the Savory Institute


"Courtney White's journey was sparked by a question: What if we looked at carbon not just as a 'pollutant', but from the standpoint of its role as the building block of life? What he found across the country and abroad were farmers, ranchers, and scientists who are working with the carbon cycle to build soil, restore ecosystems, and bolster productivity—in short, embracing life to generate more life. At once plain-spoken and radical, this book promises to stir up hope even among those made cynical by relentless bad news. White has made the case for hope. Whether this is turned to action is up to us."

Judith D. Schwartz, author, Cows Save the Planet



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Courtney White's Upcoming Events

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    December 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
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    EcoFarm, Pacific Grove CA
    January 22, 2015, 3:30 pm
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    University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
    March 14, 2015, 12:00 pm

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