Top positive review
An excellent book for its purpose
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2018
This is not an academic study (although there are numerous references to many academic studies) in the book. Rather it is an effort to disseminate information to the lay reader about how conservation agriculture can reverse the degradation of soil that results from conventional agricultural practices. Conservation agriculture, which includes three elements -- minimal soil disturbance, i.e. no tillage, integration of cover crops, and diverse rotations of crops -- can achieve multiple objectives. These are restoration of soil fertility to allow increased productivity in agriculture, both in the U.S. and in other countries; increased soil carbon i.e. using conservation agriculture to develop an effective carbon sink; and the reduction in the use of agricultural chemicals (both fertilizers and pesticides). The author makes a persuasive case through a series of case studies of farmers who are practicing conservation agriculture. I recommend it to anyone who is concerned about how we are going to simultaneously feed a growing world population and address climate change.