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Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
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Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

Title: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations
Author: David R. Montgomery
Publisher: University of California Press
The twin problems of soil degradation and erosion have plagued humanity since the dawn of agriculture. Although these problems are mostly of our own making and well within our power to solve, citizens, the media, and politicians don't seem to take them seriously as volatile financial markets, climate change, or any number of other social challenges. And yet, how we treat the land, how we treat the soil, is fundamental to the health and survival of modern civilization. I wrote this book because over the course of several decades, I came to see soil as a resource every bit as important as things we would all recognize as essential. But who, really, thinks of soil--of dirt--as a vital resource?
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