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Bovine superhero of planetary rescue? A seemingly unlikely scenario; indeed cows get blamed for a good many offenses. But this catchy 2013 title from journalist Judith D. Schwartz certainly got my attention. And our attention is what’s really at stake, isn’t it? Like an insidious form of contemporary climate kryptonite, despair and hopelessness about the state of our fragile blue and green planet breed more of the same. A far cry from the empowering optimism described by Gretel Ehrlich in the foreword to this book: “Judith Schwartz’s book gives us not just hope but also a sense that we humans—serial destroyers that we are—can actually turn the climate crisis around.”

Dirt: a substance to be wiped from our feet, scrubbed from our food, and plowed in fields, or, as Schwartz so poetically describes it, the “imperceptible, animal-vegetable-mineral dance that keeps us alive”? The very premise of this enjoyable read, on an admittedly dense subject, is if we attend to the soil, the world’s ecological cycles will begin to correct themselves.

In a refreshing departure from doom and gloom Schwartz offers hope and actionable tools, backed up by sound science. Accelerated topsoil formati...


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