Foreword by Vandana Shiva. Conventional agriculture has degraded soil carbon by as much as 80 percent in most of the world's breadbaskets. The solution to this and other environmental ills is biochar. Biochar is created by burning biomass in the absence of oxygen and has the unique ability to withhold carbon from the atmosphere while simultaneously building soil fertility. Author Albert Bates analyzes our global climate and food predicament and offers techniques for the production and use of biochar and practical carbon farming -- a new agricultural paradigm with a priority on ecological restoration that could turn us back into a garden planet. Copyright 2010, softcover, 209 pages.