Locus Focus on 06/10/13

Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 06/10/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
How soil is a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises.

COWS SAVE THE PLANET: Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Could it be that the answers to some of our most challenging global problems involve neither advanced technologies nor the lion’s share of our national treasuries, but the humble layer of soil beneath our feet? The problem, however, is that we’re losing topsoil somewhere between ten—in the United States—and forty—in China and India—times faster than we’re regenerating it. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with veteran journalist Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth about how focusing on soil restoration will allow us to chip away at the seemingly insurmountable problems we currently face: climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity.

Judith D. Schwartz 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.



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