[Sdpg] NEW BOOK Cows Save the Planet /And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth/MOO over Humans

Margie Bushman, Coordinator SBCC Center for Sustainability sbpcnet at silcom.com
Mon Jun 17 14:24:31 PDT 2013

<http://media.chelseagreen.com>Cows Save the Planet

And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

By Judith D. Schwartz
Foreword by Gretel Ehrlich


Unmaking the Deserts, Rethinking Climate Change, 
Bringing Back Biodiversity, and Restoring Nutrients to our Food

Cows saving the planet? Why not? An idea that 
sounds preposterous begins to make sense when you 
take a soil’s-eye view of our current ecological predicament.

In Cows Save the Planet, journalist Judith D. 
Schwartz looks at soil as a crucible for our many 
overlapping environmental, economic, and social 
crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these 
problems­climate change, desertification, 
biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, 
rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity­our 
ability to turn these crises into opportunities 
depends on how we treat the soil. Where do cows fit in?

Cattle, like all grazing creatures, can, if 
appropriately managed, restore land and help 
build soil. Rebuilding soil is only one aspect of 
this important, paradigm-shifting book. Drawing 
on the work of thinkers and doers, renegade 
scientists and institutional whistleblowers from 
around the world, Schwartz challenges much of the 
conventional thinking about global warming and 
other problems. For example, land can suffer from 
undergrazing as well as overgrazing, since 
certain landscapes, such as grasslands, require 
the disturbance from livestock to thrive. 
Regarding climate, when we focus on carbon 
dioxide, we neglect the central role of water in 
soil­“green water”­in temperature regulation. And 
much of the carbon dioxide that burdens the 
atmosphere is not the result of fuel emissions, 
but from agriculture; returning carbon to the 
soil not only reduces carbon dioxide levels but also enhances soil fertility.

Cows Save the Planet is at once a primer on 
soil’s pivotal role in our ecology and economy 
and an antidote to those awash in despairing 
environmental news. It is also an important call 
to action on behalf of the soil­and, by 
extension, those of us who benefit from it.


Judith Schwartz, author of "Cows Save the Planet: 
And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth"

June 5, 2013 by Jean Ponzi

Earth healing underfoot? Biodiversity 
underground? Cattle as a carbon-sequestering 
force? All these real options and much more, 
explored by eminent journalist Judith D. Schwartz 
in her new book, Cows Save the Planet: And Other 
Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

About the Author


Judith D. 
Schwartz  http://www.judithdschwartz.com/ is a 
longtime freelance writer whose work has appeared 
in venues from Glamour and Redbook to The 
Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times. 
She is the author of several books, including 
Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build 
a Loving Marriage (coauthored) and The 
Therapist’s New Clothes. She has an MA in 
counseling psychology and an MS from the Columbia 
Graduate School of Journalism. She lives with her family in Southern Vermont.

Articles by Judith D. Schwartz

    * Just Planting Trees Won’t Stop March of 
Desert, Pacific Standard, June 17, 2012
    * Turning the Clock Back on Desertification, 
Christian Science Monitor, October 24, 2011
    * Greener Pastures, Conservation, June 2011
    * How to Save the Grassland: Bring in More 
Cattle, Time.com, September 7, 2010
    * This Import Might Save American Jobs, Miller-McCune, December, 2009
    * What Jane Jacobs Can Teach Us About the 
Economy, Miller-McCune, October, 2009
    * Can “Slow Investing” Remake America’s Food 
Industry?, Time.com, September 11, 2009
    * Dollars with Good Sense: DIY Cash, Yes! Magazine, June 2009
    * Communities Plan for a Low Energy Future 
(Transition), Christian Science Monitor, September 11, 2008

ISBN: 9781603584326

Book Publisher: Chelsea Green
Pub Date: May 20, 2013
Retail Price: US $17.95 / Canada $20.95
Category: Nature & Environment

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