320 pages, 20 illustrations
Our world is built on an invisible one we are barely beginning to understand. In The Hidden Half of Nature, geologist David R. Montgomery and biologist Anne Biklé argue that Earth's smallest creatures – microbes – could revolutionize how we grow food, what we eat, and how we practice medicine.
The Hidden Half of Nature shares a geologist's and a biologist's efforts to turn their barren Seattle lot into a flourishing garden and Biklé's own struggle with cancer. Taking readers deep into the science and history of agriculture and immunology, Montgomery and Biklé show that beneficial microbes can provide powerful solutions to the problems plaguing modern agriculture, such as excess chemicals and infertile crops, as well as our own bodies, weakened by antibiotics and high-fat, low-fiber diets. A spellbinding story, The Hidden Half of Nature reveals how we can restore fertility to the land and defeat chronic diseases.
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David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he lives. The author The Rocks Don't Lie and other books, he was a 2008 MacArthur Fellow.
Anne Biklé is a biologist, gardener, and environmental planner.