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Food for Thought Book Club – May
May 6 2015 /6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
In partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, the INWFN presents a monthly book club open to anyone interested in food and all things food-related. May’s book is “Cows Save the Planet and Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth” by Judith D. Schwartz. Copies of the book can be reserved at the library or purchased at the Well Read Moose.
While most of us realize that soil is important for raising crops to feed our bodies, few of us may realize just how critical is to the overall health of the planet. Journalist Judith Schwartz explains in plain language understandable by anyone, how proper soil management can end the increasing desertification of our planet, and can slow, or even stop global warming. This may sound amazing at first, but Schwartz backs up her assertions with abundant research and testimony from leading-edge soil scientists and little-known studies that demonstrate how soil restoration practices can sequester about a billion tons of atmospheric carbon per year. She likens the current approach to address global warming (get major polluters to stop emitting carbon dioxide) to a “disease approach to medicine”. In this paradigm, doctors address the symptom of the disease. A “health approach” to medicine would be one in which a person’s diet, exercise and mental health are included in overcoming disease. Soil regeneration and carbon sequestering is akin to the health approach – positive steps to address the problem instead of band-aids when it is too late. When politicians, policy leaders, and activists get serious about cost-effective solutions to climate change, then a top priority will be restoration of the natural carbon cycle and soil-regeneration.