The Landscape Below
Soil, Soul and Agriculture
Bruce C Ball
Wild Goose Publications
– With a Foreword by Alastair McIntosh, author of Soil and Soul –
Aimed at all concerned about the environment, this book presents a radical vision of the future of farming and community life, based on hidden insights from the life and spirit of the soil and on the author’s experiences of growing up in the small, agricultural community of Clatt in North-East Scotland.
160 pages + 8 pages of colour illustrations
Bruce Ball is a soils specialist with a research and consultancy career spanning 35 years. His regular contact with soil in the field and with farmers has led to a deep understanding of the critical importance of soil to our future survival.
Alastair McIntosh, author of Soil and Soul, describes this book as ‘lyrical’ and ‘an autobiography of the soil written autobiographically by a son of the soil’.
Humanity is trashing the world’s soils by the billion tonne, though all terrestrial life depends on it. Bruce Ball shows that we have the techniques to restore what’s left – but that most of all we need a spiritual shift: to recover our sense of empathy with the biosphere. We need to dig deep – not into the soil but into our own psyche.
Colin Tudge, biologist, author and co-founder of The Campaign for Real Farming
This is a book that should be piled high in every retail outlet concerned with food and agriculture. I also commend it as an outstanding text for study and meditation, especially for church members and those in Ecocongregations in Britain, Ireland and beyond that seek the deeper spiritual meaning of their calling.