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The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security

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With carbon farming, agriculture ceases to be part of the climate problem and becomes a critical part of the solution

Agriculture is rightly blamed as a major culprit of our climate crisis. But in this groundbreaking new book, Eric Toensmeier argues that agriculture--specifically, the subset of practices known as "carbon farming"--can, and should be, a linchpin of a global
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 22nd 2016 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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Kate
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sustainability
This book isn't one you sit down to read in a few chronological sittings, which makes it hard to summarize or "rate" on the traditional Goodreads scale. As the author himself emphasizes throughout the book, it's written with the intent of being a tool guide: introducing the concept of carbon farming, detailing why and where it could be useful, its pitfalls, and offering (generic) methods for implementation. It stops short of being a how-to guide (but with the first steps outlined, it's easy for ...more
Dave
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's great to see the permaculture crowd starting to put more emphasis on staple crops, as well as on scaling up. Permaculture, or agroecology or whatever you want to call it, definitely needs to become the mainstream in land management. Although this book only gives brief summaries of different carbon sequestering farming practices, it covers options for virtually the entire planet, from the tropics to boreal regions, humid to arid, lowlands to highlands, rich to poor countries, etc. ...more
Ryan
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Definitely a comprehensive book. I used it to research an article and presentation I'm working on about sustainable eating.

One of my favorite quotes: "Our addiction to constant economic growth is in conflict with the very real limits of nature. Nor is it compatible with the requirement to drastically reduce consumption in wealthy countries."

Another: "Placing profit above all else has driven us to the brink of catastrophic climate change. Care for people and care for the environment have to be
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Malte
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not a book you're supposed to read chronologically and even in its entirety - most of the book is more of a reference and handbook - but I almost did read everything from start to finish. This might just be one of the most important books out there on how to put the land to other uses and reverse global warming.

It's also a rare case of evidence-based literature coming out of an author with a so-called permaculture background. Toensmeier has been one of the few that has consistently
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Stephen
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people working against global warming
Recommended to Stephen by: Don Wilkin
Shelves: agriculture
Ok, ok, I will never read this cover to cover. I usually don't rate books unless read that way, but this is too densely-packed. It is an encyclopedia, a resource like no other on "carbon farming." The term means an important facet of "regenerative agriculture." Carbon farming /ranching offers a way to draw down CO2 from the atmosphere and replace carbon in the soil from which it has been disappearing at an accelerating rate. It will not by itself save the world but is a sine qua non to that ...more
Justine Burt
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A textbook with, fortunately, a lot of photos and tables so you can breeze through and absorb the grand takeaways. Carbon sequestration is not complicated. To address climate change we need to pay farmers to sequester carbon in the soil through proven agricultural practices. Anyone who cares about addressing climate change must read this book.
John
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of course, this is a timely and important book: a vital reference and invigorating survey of a key component in humanity's response to climate change. At its best, it gives one excitement about all the techniques that are possible. At worst, it is never as bad as economic botany could be, given the fatal combination of the sheer tedium of botanic description with the grim outlook of the dismal science.

I think of this book as being in three sections: an overview of the idea carbon farming and the
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