Growing a Revolution

Growing a Revolution with Soil

By David R. Montgomery, W.W. Norton

Finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award “A call to action that underscores a common goal: to change the world from the ground up.”—Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate For centuries, agricultural practices have eroded the soil that farming depends on, stripping it of the organic matter vital to its productivity. Now conventional agriculture is threatening disaster for the world’s growing population. In Growing a Revolution, geologist David R. Montgomery travels the world, meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health. From Kansas to Ghana, he sees why adopting the three tenets of conservation agriculture—ditching the plow, planting cover crops, and growing a diversity of crops—is the solution. When farmers restore fertility to the land, this helps feed the world, cool the planet, reduce pollution, and return profitability to family farms.

European farming

An Agroecological Europe in 2050: Multifunctional Agriculture for Healthy Eating

By Xavier Poux, Pierre-Marie Aubert, IDDRI

Key messages AGROECOLOGY: AN AMBITIOUS, SYSTEMIC PROJECT Jointly addressing the challenges of ensuring sustainable food for Europeans, protecting biodiversity and natural resources, and mitigating climate change calls for a profound transition in our agri-food system. An agro-ecological project based on abandoning pesticides and synthetic fertilisers and redeploying extensive grasslands and landscape infrastructures would make it possible to tackle these challenges in a coherent manner. AN ORIGINAL MODELLING OF THE EUROPEAN FOOD SYSTEM The TYFA project explores the possibility of generalising agroecology at the European level by analysing the uses and requirements of agricultural production, both now and in the future. An original quantitative model (TYFAm), systemically comparing agricultural production, modes of production and land use, is used to retrospectively analyse the functioning of the European food system and to quantify an agro-ecological scenario for 2050 by testing the implications of different hypotheses. PROSPECTS FOR A LESS PRODUCTION-ORIENTED AGRO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEM European diets, which are...

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