Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet: George Monbiot

BBC Interview with George Monbiot
BC World Service, Newshour 10 June 2022

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“This remarkable book, staring curiously down at the soil beneath our feet, points us convincingly in one of the directions we must travel. I learned something on every page.” —Bill McKibben

For the first time since the Neolithic, we have the opportunity to transform not only our food system but our entire relationship to the living world.

Farming is the world’s greatest cause of environmental destruction – and the one we are least prepared to talk about. We criticise urban sprawl, but farming sprawls across thirty times as much land. We have ploughed, fenced and grazed great tracts of the planet, felling forests, killing wildlife, and poisoning rivers and oceans to feed ourselves. Yet millions still go hungry.

Now the food system itself is beginning to falter. But, as George Monbiot shows us in this brilliant, bracingly original new book, we can resolve the biggest of our dilemmas and feed the world without devouring the planet.

Regenesis is a breathtaking vision of a new future for food and for humanity. Drawing on astonishing advances in soil ecology, Monbiot reveals how our changing understanding of the world beneath our feet could allow us to grow more food with less farming. He meets the people who are unlocking these methods, from the fruit and vegetable grower revolutionising our understanding of fertility; through breeders of perennial grains, liberating the land from ploughs and poisons; to the scientists pioneering new ways to grow protein and fat. Together, they show how the tiniest life forms could help us make peace with the planet, restore its living systems, and replace the age of extinction with an age of regenesis.


A Sunday Times bestseller

Praise for Regenesis:

“George Monbiot is one of the most fearless and important voices in the global climate movement today” —Greta Thunberg, activist and author of No One is Too Small to Make a Difference

“Brilliant, mesmerizing, vital … a whole new way of thinking about our agriculture and our diets, our climate and our future” —David Wallace-Wells, New York Times bestselling author of The Uninhabitable Earth

“This remarkable book, staring curiously down at the soil beneath our feet, points us convincingly in one of the directions we must travel. I learned something on every page” —Bill McKibben, author of Falter and The End of Nature

“A world-making, world-changing book… It rings and sings throughout with Monbiot’s extraordinary combination of passion, generosity and justice” —Robert Macfarlane, New York Times bestselling author of Underland

“Regenesis is a lively and deeply researched enquiry that confronts our dilemmas head on…. Transformation is urgently needed and this book shows how it is possible” —Merlin Sheldrake, internationally bestselling author of Entangled Life

“Monbiot shatters the shibboleths of farming and shows that the thin layer on which all terrestrial ecosystems stand is alive with organisms as diverse, fascinating and mysterious as any found above ground” —David Suzuki, founder of The David Suzuki Foundation

“This is an important book and a gripping read” —Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon Restaurants and the Sustainable Restaurant Association

“Monbiot writes with all the imaginative sympathy of a great storyteller as well as the overarching understanding of a moral visionary. This is a fine and necessary book” —Philip Pullman, New York Times bestselling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy

“People from all walks of life should read this remarkable book. It is in my view one of the two or three most important books to appear this century” —Prof. Sir David King, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government

“Regenesis speaks to us like a poem … It offers a magnificent political economy of global food production and concludes with a hopeful vision of a techno-ethical equilibrium between Humanity and Nature. It must be read” —Yanis Varoufakis, author of Another Now

“Regenesis calls for nothing less than a revolution in the future of food – one that will literally transform the face of the Earth … This is Monbiot’s masterpiece” —Kate Raworth, author of Donut Economics

“Regenesis is rigorous and restive, but also witty, original and humane.” —Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, author of The River Cottage Cookbook

“Valuable… Extraordinary… I never cease to be surprised by the unexpected perspectives Monbiot brings to bear, leading me through problems I never envisaged and solutions I never imagined” —Brian Eno

“A fascinating and ultimately positive book … a harmonic vision of how changing our relationship to land use, farming and the food that we eat could transform our lives” —Thom Yorke

“A visionary, fearless, essential book” —Lucy Jones, author of The Big Ones and Losing Eden

“Inspiring and compelling … a transformative vision of a new food future with the potential to both restore nature and feed the world” —Caroline Lucas, MP and former leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

“A genuinely brilliant, inspirational book” —Sir Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project

“Monbiot has applied his razor sharp intellect, bountiful curiosity and love for the land to the complex and fundamental issue of what we eat” —Lily Cole, activist and author of Who Cares Wins

“Monbiot reaches for new ideas that might ignite the collective consciousness in a push to protect, rather than tragically destroy, the biosphere” —ANOHNI

“Essential reading… This deeply researched book provides a blueprint for the future” —Rosie Boycott, journalist and activist

“The writing, observation and devotion is infectiously compelling. The learning is deep and immense” —Mark Rylance, actor

“Regenesis gives us an inspiring vision of the future… Monbiot has combined his gifts as an investigator, interviewer and witty storyteller to create an exhilarating epic!” —Robert Newman

“This passionate, extraordinary book opens up a compelling and vital new dimension: food and the way the world farms” —Will Hutton, columnist for The Observer and author of The Writing on the Wall

About the Author

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How To Stop the Planet Burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan, and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed on YouTube over 40 million times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, which he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 60 million times.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books (August 2, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0143135961
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143135968
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.2 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.31 x 0.72 x 8 inches


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