George Monbiot has a new book out called Regenesis – Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet
It’s inspiring to know there is some good thinking put into redesigning our food systems. This is from the introduction to the book:
“For the first time since the Neolithic, we have the opportunity to transform not only our food system but our entire relationship to the living world.
Farming is the world’s greatest cause of environmental destruction – and the one we are least prepared to talk about. We criticize urban sprawl, but farming sprawls across thirty times as much land. We have ploughed, fenced and grazed great tracts of the planet, felling forests, killing wildlife, and poisoning rivers and oceans to feed ourselves. Yet millions still go hungry.
Now the food system itself is beginning to falter. But, as George Monbiot shows us in this brilliant, bracingly original new book, we can resolve the biggest of our dilemmas and feed the world without devouring the planet.
Regenesis is a breathtaking vision of a new future for food and for humanity. Drawing on astonishing advances in soil ecology, Monbiot reveals how our changing understanding of the world beneath our feet could allow us to grow more food with less farming. He meets the people who are unlocking these methods, from the fruit and vegetable grower revolutionising our understanding of fertility; through breeders of perennial grains, liberating the land from ploughs and poisons; to the scientists pioneering new ways to grow protein and fat. Together, they show how the tiniest life forms could help us make peace with the planet, restore its living systems, and replace the age of extinction with an age of regenesis.”
Here are some of the reviews:
“Regenesis calls for nothing less than a revolution in the future of food – one that will literally transform the face of the Earth… This is Monbiot’s masterpiece.” … Kate Raworth
“A world-making, world-changing book.” … Robert Macfarlane
“Brilliant, mesmerizing, vital… a whole new way of thinking about our agriculture and our diets, our climate and our future.” … David Wallace-Wells
“Fearless and important.” … Greta Thunberg
“A harmonic vision of how changing our relationship to land use, farming and the food that we eat could transform our lives.” … Thom Yorke
I’m getting my copy from the library. Check it out!