Albert Howard

The Soil and Health


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THE SOIL AND HEALTH is a detailed analysis of the vital role of humus and compost in soil health — and the importance of soil health to the health of crops and the humans who eat them. The author is keenly aware of the dead end which awaits humanity if we insist on growing our food using artificial fertilisers and poisons.

“Agriculture is the fundamental industry of the world and must be allowed to occupy the primary position in the economies of all countries.”— Albert Howard

1 – Soil Fertility and Agriculture: the operations of nature: systems of agriculture; soil fertility in Great Britain; industrialism and the profit motive; the intrusion of science.
2 – Disease in Present-day Farming and Gardening: diseases of the soil; the diseases of crops; disease and health in livestock; soil fertility and human health; the nature of disease.
3 – The Problem of Manuring: the origins and scope of the problem; the Indore Process; reception by scientists.
4 – Conclusions and appendices

An Agricultural Testament


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“Howard’s discoveries and methods, and their implications, are given in detail in An Agricultural Testament. They are of enormous usefulness to gardeners and farmers, and to anyone who may be interested in the history and the problems of land use. But aside from its practical worth, Howard’s book is valuable for his ability to place his facts and insights within the perspective of history. This book is a critique of civilisations, judging them not by their artefacts and victories, but by their response to the sacred duty of handing over to the next generation, unimpaired, the heritage of a fertile soil.” – Wendell Berry, The Last Whole Earth Catalog