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Interesting, but it bogged down when the author described one civilization after another doing the same or almost the same thing to their soil and paying the consequence. The entire middle portion of the book could have been summarized into one chapter. Read full review
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Most farmers are doing little better than mining our soil, rather than genuinely sustainably creating wealth from nature's interest (i.e. sunlight and soil, created from rock at the rate of about about a few inches per century). The only truly sustainable agricultural systems in the world are some terraced and paddy field systems such as exist in South America, Africa and parts of Asia, where all matter extracted from the soil, including human waste containing essential phosphorous, is returned to the soil. Every other form of agriculture practised by humankind has resulted in the destruction of soil and collapse of civilisations after centuries at most.