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People talk a lot about the problems with intensive farming. But the problem isn't the adjective. It's the noun. Around the world, farming has been wiping out vast habitats, depleting freshwater, polluting oceans and accelerating global heating, while leaving millions undernourished and unfed. Increasingly, there are signs that the system itself is beginning to flicker. But, as George Monbiot shows us in this brilliant, bracingly original new book, there is another way.

Regenesis is an exhilarating journey into a new possible future for food, people and the planet. Drawing on the revelatory, rapidly advancing science of soil ecology, Monbiot shows how the hidden biological universe beneath our feet could transform what we eat and how we grow it. He travels to meet the people who are unlocking these methods, from the fruit and vegetable growers who cultivate pests as well as potatoes; through producers of perennial grains who are liberating their fields from ploughs; to the scientists pioneering new forms of protein and fat that can be cooked into rich golden pancakes and much, much more. We start to see how the tiniest life forms in the soil might help us save the living world, allowing us to produce abundant, cheap, healthy food while returning vast swathes of land to the wild.

Here, for the first time, is a profoundly hopeful, appetising and exciting vision of food: of revolutionary cultivation and cuisine that could nourish us all and restore our world of wonders.

©2022 George Monbiot (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Fascinating, uplifting

Informative and accessible, underpinned by science and data. This describes the huge challenges of feeding the world without killing the planet but also suggests solutions. The author narrates and does a great job.

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My only complaint is a persistently expressed blindspot on the issue of monetary cost. This is an issue that should be seen as ideological and arbitrary rather than natural and / or unavoidable; the issues we are facung on the climate and ecological fronts cannot be solved without the abolition - partial, at the very least - of the global economic system that generates these cost roadblocks in the first place.

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Sold. In my top three most influential books ever

We're in big trouble. This book gives us society a path without the "micro-consumerist bollox".

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A Must Read/Listen for all

Thought provoking, well researched and with some interesting practical solutions for the problems of food security and a thriving biosphere.

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Dangerous

Obstinate. Unwilling or unable to accept alternatives to rewilding and veganism. Dangerous to be peddling this solution as the only one even though there are farmers out there regeneratively farming; harmoniously producing food and improving the environment. Has a tremendous amount of important and relevant points but loses his way with the solution which was a real shame

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The big book of lie’s

It’s sad that Monbiot has to lie about farming to make his point.

Would love to know…..Who is this famous Welsh sheep farmer that been dumping slurry?

What the location of the field the contractors have shagged.

If livestock farming is so bad why are Monbiot friends at Knepp estate Isabella Tree going back into livestock farming?

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Essential reading

Incredibly thoughtful and well researched examination of one of the most important issues we face as a society. Highly recommended!

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Superlative and important

If only public policy makers were to read this book. All chapters are fascinating and I love the optimism of the last chapter.

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Regenesis

A thoughtful reading of an outstanding, practical & hopeful book. Excellent-it makes you see the world differently!

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A book that everyone should read

This book addresses one of the most important challenges that we face - how to produce enough food in a sustainable way and without destroying the natural world. It describes the disastrous effects of industrial agriculture and its political support. Importantly, it proposes solutions based on an increased scientific understanding.