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Good Reads

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

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Dan Egan (2017), Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

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The Great Lakes hold 20% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water…. They are under threat as never before…. (this) readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes…

I highly recommend this scientifically sound, thoroughly researched book whose narrative captures the magnitude of the damage done by poorly conceived and administered conservation regulations. The Clean Water Act of 1973 appeared to rescue the Great Lakes from point source pollution, but other sources including agricultural runoff and uncontrolled ship-born invasive species have persisted and seriously threaten the Great Lakes. Should be required reading for all of us who are interested in having safe, clean water and enjoying beautiful lakes, streams and rivers today and tomorrow.”

Recommended by RLIA Board Member John Crump.

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Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture

by Gabe Brown (2018)

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Brown has become the voice and face of regenerative agriculture around the globe, inspiring a movement that is reshaping the future of agriculture and the way farmers, consumers, and policy makers think about sustainability.

Gabe Brown is a North Dakotan who began farming conventionally in the 1980’s with his parents-in-law.  Like their neighbors, they utilized frequent tilling and heavy use of fertilizers and pesticides. In 1991 he and his wife purchased the farm when her parents retired and they began to gradually transform their farming practices. Over a period of decades, they developed sustainable practices including cover crops and a wide diversity of plants and animals to rebuild the soil and maximize water infiltration. The efficient water infiltration minimized flooding, drought conditions and runoff.  By using natural methods to enrich the soil and control pests the farm has become consistently profitable and safe for the environment.  He also describes 8 farms scattered around the country in a wide range of climates and soil types that have successfully embraced regenerative agriculture methods.  This is a “how to” book that is engaging and inspirational for farmers and non-farmers alike.”

Recommended by RLIA Board Member John Crump.