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The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart
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Nov 16, 09

Read in November, 2009

Honestly, I will never look at earthworms quite the same way.

I've always enjoyed seeing them in my garden, knowing their presence was a sign of healthy soil. But I had no idea quite how much these seemingly insignificant creatures can accomplish.

Amy Stewart isn't a formally trained scientist. What she is, is a gardener with a passion for the process of growing things and a lively, curious mind. Oh, and a writer with a real talent for engaging her reader. Her prose is articulate, funny, and smooth reading. And the story she tells will blow your mind.

From the wonderful benefits that worms can have on the productivity of an ordinary home garden to the extraordinary economic impact they can make on commercial farms; from the dangers they pose as invasive species in old-growth forest to their potential contributions to better sewage treatment or PCB remediation -- I dare you not to be astounded and impressed by Stewart's portrait of the humble earthworm.
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