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Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Discover the hidden power soil has to reverse climate change, and how a regenerative farming diet not only delivers us better health and wellness, but also rebuilds our most precious resource—the very ground that feeds us.

Josh Tickell, one of America’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers and director of Fuel, has dedicated most of his life to saving the environment. Now
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Atria/Enliven Books
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Bam cooks the books ;-)
Another fascinating and somewhat scary book about what we are doing to the soil and water that nurtures all life on earth through our current farming techniques and practices.

Did you know that "...conventionally farmed food requires three pounds of toxic chemicals per American per year"?

In his new book coming out later this month (November, 2017), Josh Tickell talks about the history of farming, the growing use of chemicals to increase yield and how he believes that 'the way we practice agricu
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, non-fiction
What an absolutely fantastic book! Wow! If you think a book about soil would be boring, you obviously have not read Josh Tickell's Kiss the Ground. It is a book that both scares you and offers you hope, and it is chock-full of so many interesting facts that there's not a boring page in it.

Josh Tickell takes us back to the beginning of agriculture, discussing how our modern practices evolved from those ancient ones, how we've kept the negative aspects and then added more of our own. He discusses
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I feel like we (i.e., Americans, humans, inhabitants of this globe) are at a crossroads. Global political alliances are shifting, wars drone on and on, ancient cities lay in ruins, the press is under attack, the seas are rising, and climate change threatens everything. Some days I just want to hide my head under my pillow and cry or stand in the middle of the street and scream. But then, I pick up a book like KISS THE GROUND and suddenly I am filled with hope. And hope is definitely what I need. ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: farmers, gardeners, foodies, environmentalists
KISS THE GROUND by Josh Tickell is an absorbing tale that could save us from ourselves. In our hurry to increase production of the food we eat, we’ve alleviated the nutrients and poisoned our environment. But there is hope, beginning with this book and regenerative agriculture.

For clickable links to further viewing/reading - read this review on my blog.

There are a lot of books out there that are full of hype and a fear factor regarding our environment. This isn’t that kind of book. It’s scary, b
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is nonfiction health & science. I've had this book for some time and have finally read it. I liked this, but there wasn't much in here that I haven't read elsewhere. However, I appreciated the messages. Grow your food. Eat whole foods especially vegetables. Don't use chemicals. Avoid processed food or at least, eat less of it. How important it is to restore eco-systems. All these things that are well and good. This is important in our world as it is and there is a need to be proactive, I'm ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of those books that make you depressed and hopeful at the same time. Josh Tickell outlines how our current agriculture system is ruining our land and climate. At the same time he presents solutions for solving our problems, converting to a gentler, more sustainable agriculture that would take carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil, thus ameliorating both our global warming problem and our agriculture problem simultaneously. It is great to know that there are answers!

Dec 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Same shit, different day. Some scientific explanations,otherwise not impressed and I can't believe that the CEO of Whole Foods wrote the forward. What a joke. What about this Whole Foods...less waste, less packaging, and more bulk? Those kind of stores are popping up all over the world and making a huge impact on the environment and the consumer. Just saying. ...more
Connie Brooks
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like learning about positive innovations and how to help them succeed, Kiss the Ground is for you. I enjoyed the book because it very effectively makes the case that using regenerative practices to work with nature is a much more efficient and productive way to farm. And while that may not sound innovative, it is, because current agricultural practices work against nature.

What I learned from Kiss the Ground is that in a surprisingly short amount of time, soil farmed or grazed regenerativ
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: conservation
Everyone needs to read this book.

Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the Savory Global Network Coordinator and a Savory Hub leader in California, I work with people passionate about regenerative agriculture each day, so I thought there was a chance that a book about this topic might not surprise me. Wow, was I wrong! Josh is a fantastic writer. Complex concepts related to climate change, soil science, agriculture and food production are brought into focus through his excellent writing. I learned so much about the four pillars of regenerative agriculture (and a ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Who'da thunk? A book about dirt - and it's absolutely fascinating. And scary. And hopeful. I'd like to buy dozens of copies and send to members of Congress (don't believe everything those lobbyists tell you), the White House (that's totally useless; I'll save my money), and the entire Walton family (between Walmart and Sam's Club, the Waltons are pretty powerful people when it comes to making industries change their practices). After explaining how human farming practices have evolved over the c ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Josh Tickell’s life-long pursuit of revealing the truth behind sources we take for granted has given depth and experience to his new book, Kiss the Ground. Tickell (tick-ELL) travels throughout the US and France to interview farmers, scientists, politicians and entrepreneurs to understand why our planet is turning into a desert and what each of us can do about it. The information can be harsh, but then, our planetary situation is frightening. In order to help we must first understand. He ends th ...more
Wendy Millet
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive and provocative read highlighting new solutions, new heros, new ideas and describing how we can make the world better by working with nature and solving for complexity. The examples highlighted in these chapters are inspiring - leaders of a new movement. And offering hope! Highly recommend this!
Andreas Harris
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone on the planet should read this book and take it to heart. The species and the planet are facing the biggest challenge ever and we have the tools to fix it. This book explains the issues and gives great guidelines (albeit in the context of the US) as to how we can fix it.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Def giving me the understanding I need for a healthier world. Learned so much right in time for gardening season:)
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Even better than I hoped for. Just wow.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a solid starting point to making a difference in so many ways.
Doniga Markegard
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Josh Tickell brings so much passion through this deeply moving and honest book. He balances the real life stories with well researched facts in a way that opens awareness into the planets soils and life supported by the soils. This book serves as a bridge from the status quo of how we live to a regenerative possibility of humans as being part of nature and the solution to climate change.
Susan Violet
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would file this wonderful read on the shelf next to "The Hidden Half of Nature", "The Omnivore's Dilemna", and "The Ecology of Care" in being both highly informative and highly readable, well-researched treatises on just what the subtitle says: how changing our eating habits may have that power to profoundly affect the planet. While I hesitate to wave the flag of 'saving our world' and 'reversing climate change', the role of agriculture in climate change and (obviously) in our health is absolu ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I opened Kiss the Ground thinking I would read a purely environmental book. I was pleasantly surprised that, with every turn of the page, I was learning so much about history, politics, cultures, and science while being thoroughly entertained by Josh Tickell's story telling style of writing. I highly recommend this book. I have already been telling my networks to order it. It's subject matter and detail are so timely for our geo-political climate and the current state of agro-politics. We don't ...more
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I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who feels even slightly obliged to give even an ounce of what this world was like when we were young. It is no secret that this world is rapidly changing for the worse(/worst). It is your obligation to do all you can in order to make it better and this book is giving seemingly obvious answers and also super easy ways to do so.

Please give this academically light but morally challenging read a try and acknowledge the fact that each and everyone of us coul
Stephen Z
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Josh Tickell in his new book, Kiss the Ground, travels to Paris and across the United States to research and raise awareness of the role and potential that soil has to mitigate climate change and alleviate hunger. During these travels, Tickell speaks with government officials, ranchers, soil scientists, farmers, and chefs to detail the ways soil has been abused by degenerative agricultural practices as well as the ways soil can be regenerated by regenerative agricultural practices.

If you’ve nev
Michael Reilly
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think words can do justice to how important this book is for our future. I want so desperately for it to be read by EVERY American. If there is one book you must read in the next year, read Kiss the Ground.

Josh Tickell covers a lot of territory in this book. Many of these topics, from soil fertility to the woes of our Standard American Diet (SAD) have been written about with great expertise over the years. Trickell references or expands upon most of these experts… from Sir Albert Howard
Torrey James
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
KISS THE GROUND by the great Josh Tickell (Fuel, The Big Fix, Pump, and Good Fortune) is a MUST READ for anyone that cares about our Future, The World, our Kids, and our Fellow Human Beings.

'Kiss the Ground' is an exquisite 360-degree look at our world's current agriculture, food, oxygen, and future as a humanity; all related to and based upon one of our most-precious yet underrated resources, Soil.  Josh did another great job interviewing so many experts and sources first-hand and explaining in
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, science
As you'll guess from the title, this book has an agenda. If books having an agenda when they present you with information is something that bothers you, you may not like this book. I'd argue, however, that all popular science books have an agenda, they just may not be clear about it. I like it when a book is upfront about what it wants you to learn.

This book delves into regenerative agriculture, and is a fantastic introduction to the concept if you haven't read much in this area before. It does
Bob Ewing
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

When I first read the title of Tickell’s book, I though, yeah right, here’s another guy who thinks he has the answer to the world’s problems. As I began my journey, through the work, the realization that the author was possibly on the right path grew.
The forward by John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods begins the adventure. How would you answer this question?
What do I want to eat? This is the first sentence in Mackey’s forward to Tickell’s book and it gets the journey off to an inquisitiv
Sheena Shah
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Marie-chantale Sundberg
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible-read
The title of this book is too long... "Kiss The Ground. How The Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World". The author goes at length to illustrate how our current agricultural practices harm our soils and hence the climate. Becoming more aware of the effects of dumping chemicals in the ground on the ecosystem of the lands is crucial. Understanding for instance how big of a role the presence of earthworms and mushrooms play in the health of the ground in ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The timing and focus of this book are perfect...the world awareness revolution about soil and it’s carbon sequestering potential has been given a new momentum by Trump's insular opinion about climate change and unforgivably irresponsible attitude to COP21. Like a contemporary Silent Spring, Kiss the Ground and the movie to follow, will help people to “join the dots” about our collective peril. The upside of the Food/Soil Solution that is the message of this book, is that everyone can participate ...more
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