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  • Regenesis

  • Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet
  • By: George Monbiot
  • Narrated by: George Monbiot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (511 ratings)

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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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Eye opening

Mind expanding. This book destroys so many myths about our nostalgic view of farming. Not sure we can totally blame poetry as he suggests at one point. Poetry can do so much to put us in touch with nature too. But his point about how we’re brain washed from an early age to accept farm yards and farming animals as the norm with no mention of intensive factory farming, pollution and destruction of habitat rang true. Also the way we happily subsidise farms instead of low farm workers wages or instead of giving subsidies at the food purchasing point was also one of the many interesting points he makes even if there are some contradictions in his arguments in places.

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A must read

Outstanding explanation of how farming is destroying our planet. Suggests how to resolve it too

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Earth shaking read

I cannot recommend this book more highly. Very well written, humorous, humane, compassionate, as well as being very well researched, presenting a large amount of material from the scientific community and making it intelligible to the lay reader. Very many thanks to George Monbiot for writing a book for the ages.

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interesting but a very detailed listen

Very interesting, lots to learn. The listening can be a bit heavy going, fact heavy and at times complex information, not written in a light style, lots of technical words, needs some concentration. The husky reading adds to the need to concentrate. Some chapters flow more easily than others.

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A must-read for all

Wow! A well-researched and well-argued overview of our food systems. Complex, stunning and frightening all at the same time. The opportunities requiring action are massive and crucial, but also very exciting! Thank you George Monbiot for putting this body of research together.

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Not an easy listen

This book made me reevaluate the way I think about food and the environment.
There are a lot of uncomfortable truths to face up to if we want to reverse the precipitous decline of the natural world. Regenesis takes an unflinching look at the issues and possible solutions.

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Essential listening

For those wanting to understand the ecological breakdown we are experiencing but also to gain the positive news of real solutions and a potential pathway to salvation.

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Important clarity for food, future and planet

Strongly recommend to anyone interested in understanding the highest impact actions we can take to limit/reverse climate and ecological breakdown. An enjoyable listen too - evocative, interesting, hard-hitting.

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  • 09-12-22

I wish I could shake everyone to wake up

This book is an eloquent way to slap someone around the head about farming, veganism and climate change. Please listen, share or trap loved ones in a car on a long road trip and listen to it...

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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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