Edible Bookshelf: Why Everyone Should Read "Kiss the Ground"
You might think that the word regenerative is a buzz term suddenly overpopularized in the mainstream to build on the intentions behind a tired sustainability movement, but "Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save the World"(First Enliven Books/Atria Books, 2017) by Josh Tickell dares to prove otherwise.
More than just a book, 50% of sales go to support the Kiss the Ground movement, a nonprofit that inspired the book and upcoming documentary, offering educational resources, media, and support for community gardens near the Venice, CA, office.
A new initiative is in the works for the nonprofit would help provide financial assistance to farmers with a carbon farm plan.
Kiss the Ground begins with an introduction to the global agricultural initiative “4 per 1000,” which contends “our capacity to feed 9.8 billion people in 2050 in a context of climate change will depend in particular on our ability to keep our soils alive.” (4per1000.org) Through practices that promote soil health come solutions that could potentially reverse desertification and climate change. As if that wasn’t inspiring enough, Tickell also looks at the benefits of eating a regenerative diet.
Critics might suggest that it all sounds too good to be true, but if you’re like us, you’re willing to bet that restorative agroforestry, land management, and agricultural practices just might save the world—making Kiss the Ground well worth the read.