Call of the Reed Warbler

Call of the Reed Warbler

A New Agriculture, A New Earth

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"Charles Massy has written a definitive masterpiece that takes its place along with the writings of Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, Masanobu Fukuoka, Humberto Maturana, and Michael Pollan. No work has more brilliantly defined regenerative agriculture and the breadth of its restorative impact upon human health, biodiversity, climate, and ecological intelligence." --Paul Hawken

In Call of the Reed Warbler, Charles Massy explores regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health.

It is the story of how a grassroots revolution--a true underground insurgency--can save the planet, help reduce and reverse climate change, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food.

Using his personal experience as a touchstone--from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health--Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. With evocative stories, he shows how other innovative and courageous farmers are finding a new way.

At stake is not only a revolution in human health and in our communities, but the very survival of the planet. For farmers, backyard gardeners, food buyers, health workers, policy makers, and public leaders alike, Call of the Reed Warbler offers a tangible path forward and a powerful and moving paean of hope.

It's not too late to regenerate the earth. Call of the Reed Warbler shows the way forward for the future of our food supply, our planet, and our health.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781603588133
Characteristics: xii, 511 pages, 8 pages of plates :,colour illustrations ;,23 cm.


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IndyPL_AnikaW Jun 24, 2019

The experience of reading this is almost like a time-machine...I turn the pages and vividly remember picking up Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" for the very first time in my high school's library.

This tome details industrial agriculture...where it came from...where it's taken us...and where we can end up if we don't find a better way.

Inspirational, full of references and notes to chase, and hopeful in the power of science working hand-in-hand with farmers to continue to improve for the better of all who share this planet we call home.

Jun 12, 2019

Sadly didn't finish but I am impressed with what I have read. I'll try again later.

Sep 24, 2017

i heard the author speak where he lectures at William Angliss college in the bachelor of food studies. fantastic speaker; a practical sheep farmer; working on regerative agriculture; ethical and a humanist. Great book - he has visited lots of regenerative agriculturalists and also gives a history of keyline and permaculture and the predecessors.

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