Dr. David Montgomery, internationally known expert and author on soil health and regenerative agriculture, will cover the latest science in soil health and healthy food. The brewing soil health revolution cuts through standard debates about conventional and organic farming.
On farms in both the industrialized and developing countries improving soil health through the adoption of three transformational farming practices—ditching the plow or minimizing soil disturbance, planting cover crops, and growing diverse crop rotations—offers a profitable way to rebuild the fertility of the soil and thereby reduce dependence on fossil fuels and agrochemicals. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, these regenerative practices are good for farmers and the environment, translating into farms that use less water, generate less pollution, lower carbon emissions—and stash carbon underground. It can also produce more nutrient-dense food to better support human health—what’s good for the land is good for us too.
David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. An author of award-winning popular-science books, he has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs. His books have been translated into ten languages. He lives in Seattle with his wife, and co-author, Anne Biklé. Their new book What Your Food Ate: How to Health Our Land and Reclaim Our Health will be published spring 2022. Connect with them at www.dig2grow.com or follow him on Twitter (@dig2grow).