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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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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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Smart and gripping

Thorough sceptical research explained in a clear narrative that is at turns depressing and fascinating, with some moments of humour

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Great as usual.

Another great Monbiot book. I love listening to his rather rather than physically reading. I would say that I enjoyed this less than the others of his that I have listened to, perhaps because the topic was so specific and thus it feel a bit samey? Overall, still a great listen and a vital piece of journalism.

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Groundbreaking

One of those books that changes your mental furniture permanently. Everyone ahould read this. I teresting, well researched and written, and really important.

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Very compelling argument with an urgent message

Loved it. George identified the problem and solutions. The amount of land used by agriculture is not an issue raised enough in discussions about the environment. The format is easy to listen to, arguments are clearly set out and references to the scientific sources are plentiful.

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Well worth the time.

It’s an important subject and I think the author does a very good job of describing the issues and giving some hope that we can find a way forward. This was an enjoyable listen, which I think is hugely important for a book like this.

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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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Brilliant as ever

I’ve read most of George’s work and each piece is as well researched and thorough as this one. Such compelling arguments and should be read by everyone who has an interest in existing on a green as opposed to brown lifeless planet.

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A powerful and thought provoking book

A powerful book, beautifully read by the author, rich in insight and evidence, radical, provocative but never polemic. Unmissable for all those interested in the future of the natural world.