Astoundingly, there is more biodiversity in the earth than above it, and in this expose farmer and commentator Matthew Evans digs down into this essential top layer of the Earth. Pulling together history, agriculture and science, this highly readable account of soil sets out the essential role it plays in our lives and the future of the planet.
Practical as well as passionate, this story reminds us of the interconnectedness of all natural systems and the responsibility we have for the state of the environment.
We found this to be a real eyeopener to the complex and fascinating life found in our soil. Although the scientific detail was quite dense, the writing was engaging and thought provoking. It certainly gives us positive ideas for helping to "save the planet". A recommended read.
This was of great interest to nearly all members - we are changing our habits re gardening, and more than one of us is buying their own copy of the book.
A great book, so interesting and informative - everyone should read it!! This is the first time our group has given a rating of 5 out of 5!! Amazing depth of scientific research and solutions offered. Needs to be taught in schools and in the media.
A very valuable book! Was very informative, very readable, credible, and covered a wide range of scientific research. Well written - one didn't need to be a scientist to follow what he was talking about, but would have appeal to scientists as well because it was well backed up with citations...
We found this book sobering, extending, very informative, and found it difficult to say what was the most surprising fact we learned; there were so many! Our enriched understanding of soil and the way it should be treated left us inspired, and hopeful for the earth's future. Very good questions and notes by Darryl.
Not an easy read. Needed a good editor. One member didn't attempt it, while another only read some. Three thought it good to have read. Learned a lot about soil.
Comments included - "Fascinating, learnt a lot... surprised what enjoyable reading 'Soil' was. I bought copies... good to recognise the role of soil in climate change... very enthused by the book...well described/explained...one of our best books!"
A fascinating topic. The writing style polarised readers more than the topic as it was sometimes repetitive, sometimes too general, or too detailed. But he did make the science very readable. It succeeded in in exciting us all on the relevance in our daily lives though.
Most people "dipped in and out" of this book. Some didn't read it at all. We had a very interesting discussion.