• Regenesis

  • Feeding the World without Devouring the Planet
  • By: George Monbiot
  • Narrated by: George Monbiot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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By: George Monbiot
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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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Entertaining, practical and utterly convincing

This book is meticulously researched, and deals with many commonly held false beliefs. George is practical, passionate and surprisingly funny and entertaining at times. Compulsory reading for anyone who wants a livable planet for not just our children, but increasing ourselves.

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  • Erich Graf
  • 05-29-22

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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  • Bjørn-Rune Hanssen
  • 08-04-22

Excellent

My only complaint is a persistently expressed blindspot on the issue of monetary cost. This is an issue that should be seen as ideological and arbitrary rather than natural and / or unavoidable; the issues we are facung on the climate and ecological fronts cannot be solved without the abolition - partial, at the very least - of the global economic system that generates these cost roadblocks in the first place.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-22

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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  • Llyr Derwydd
  • 06-12-22

The big book of lie’s

It’s sad that Monbiot has to lie about farming to make his point.

Would love to know…..Who is this famous Welsh sheep farmer that been dumping slurry?

What the location of the field the contractors have shagged.

If livestock farming is so bad why are Monbiot friends at Knepp estate Isabella Tree going back into livestock farming?

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  • Dingo
  • 10-05-22

A Damaging and dangerous book

'This is one of the best examples of livestock farming I have ever seen. Keep it up but please know that I can never write or publish this.' This was Mr Monbiot speaking about a neighbouring farmer and undermines all that he writes in Regenesis.
It is small minded and short sighted to broad brush blame farmers when there are a great swathe of farmers working to agroecological principals to improve people's overall health, happiness and well-being from the food that they produce AND doing this in an environmentally beneficial way. Farming has historically been problematic owing to Big Business, the impact of WW2 and the direction of subsidies. It is unfair to blame farmers alone.
I wonder if Mr Monbiot is aware of the beneficial impact of the dung beetle on ecosystems and diversity, water, soil and insect life? If we remove livestock from our systems, the loss of the dung beetle will have catastrophic affects on global diversity. This is just one of the many holes in his argument for ridding the planet of livestock.
It is diversity we should be striving for and I do believe there is a place for many of the things he writes but this includes farming in an agroecological way.
I should love to invite him to the farm here and show him the beneficial impact that livestock, a no dig market garden, heritage wheat, diverse crops, hedgerows and all that we are working on has on both the local enviornment and on the health and happiness of those who consume our products, all of whom are within a 4 mile radius. I wonder if he'd be brave enough to publish his findings? What a shame that this man has a voice and such a dangerous one at such an incredibly critical time. I should also love to invite anyone here to the farm to see the benefits that farming can do and bring.

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  • Katie Hutchins
  • 09-03-22

scary stuff

thought provoking challenge to preconceived ideas. solutions may not be what you think they might be.

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  • R-the Relentless
  • 08-31-22

One of the most vital books you'll ever read

This book is relevant to all people, everywhere.
Excellently written & read, and very illuminating on our food security & collective future.
I'll re listen again.

Love and courage!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-22

Sold. In my top three most influential books ever

We're in big trouble. This book gives us society a path without the "micro-consumerist bollox".

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-22

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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  • Adam Todd
  • 05-31-22

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-22

Well researched, well delivered.

Amazing and informative article narrated by the actual author, always preferable. Sometimes the enthusiasm was received as moderately fanaticle which i think may be counterproductive and antagonising. This however os more than compensated by how thoroughly researched, well rounded, and all encompassing the arguments and points made are. Thankyou.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-22

Well meaning but misguided

There’s a lot of relevant and important information missing from this book. George seems to be dipping his toe into the regenerative mindset, but incapable of shaking his industrial linear mindset. This is evidenced by his conclusion that food should be grown in sterile laboratories.
He should read Call of the Reed Warbler by Charles Massy. Or look into regenerative agriculture for the solutions.

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  • Brian v.
  • 09-25-22

extraordinary prescription for a healthy planet

George Mobile has eloquently articulated the transformation that our society needs to make this decade in order to have a regenerative future. Required reading for those who wish to ensure a chance for their children to have a healthy climate and a sustainable civilization in the coming decades.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-22-22

thought provoking

well read entertaining well researched and solution focussed. recommended reading for anyone interested in farming and soil degredation

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  • Adam
  • 09-12-22

Bias

This book is Incredibly biased. Lacking any real information. An unrealistic view. Wanted to rewild the planet yet separate humans from it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-22

Like everything I’ve read of his - must read.

Just like ‘out of the wreckage’ did with politics, so Regenesis does with food production. First revealing the true nature and scale of the systemic problems, then devoting equal or more time and energy discussing solutions. Monbiot has an ability to both show how much worse things are than you thought, yet still leave you feeling optimistic.

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  • Diego
  • 06-21-22

The final nail in the coffin of animal agriculture

George Monbiot delivers one of the most eloquent cases against animal agriculture and delineates a clear and exciting path ahead. Brilliantly written and read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-22

Another great listen

I enjoy George and his new book is excellent also. He researches, writes and reads well. This book combines a hard hitting perspective on current food and land culture with inspiring story telling and a call to action. I recommend it.

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  • Jon
  • 06-07-22

Inspiring. Hard-headed. Surprising.

This is a passionate call to re-examine and change how we produce our food.
It's 'factfullness' combined with fascinating storytelling, and about as far away from wide-eyed, impractical platitudes as you can get. I was often surprised, but came away much wiser. Even better - many solutions are espoused - warts and all - always considering wider systems impacts.
I can't recommend this enough. Thank you George, I can sense the effort and passion that went into this, and I'll be sharing it as much as I can.