David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé — What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health

Are you really what you eat?

Third Place Books welcomes University of Washington professor David R. Montgomery and science writer Anne Biklé to our Lake Forest Park store! Montgomery and Biklé will be discussing their newest work of environmental nonfiction, What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health, an in-depth study of the interconnected nature of food, farming, and climate change. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

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About What Your Food Ate. . .

David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé take us far beyond the well-worn adage to deliver a new truth: the roots of good health start on farms. What Your Food Ate marshals evidence from recent and forgotten science to illustrate how the health of the soil ripples through to that of crops, livestock, and ultimately us.

The long-running partnerships through which crops and soil life nourish one another suffuse plant and animal foods in the human diet with an array of compounds and nutrients our bodies need to protect us from pathogens and chronic ailments. Unfortunately, conventional agricultural practices unravel these vital partnerships and thereby undercut our well-being. Can farmers and ranchers produce enough nutrient-dense food to feed us all? Can we have quality and quantity?

With their trademark thoroughness and knack for integrating information across numerous scientific fields, Montgomery and Biklé chart the way forward. Navigating discoveries and epiphanies about the world beneath our feet, they reveal why regenerative farming practices hold the key to healing sick soil and untapped potential for improving human health.

Humanity’s hallmark endeavors of agriculture and medicine emerged from our understanding of the natural world—and still depend on it. Montgomery and Biklé eloquently update this fundamental reality and show us why what’s good for the land is good for us, too. What Your Food Ate is a must-read for farmers, eaters, chefs, doctors, and anyone concerned with reversing the modern epidemic of chronic diseases and mitigating climate change.


Praise for What Your Food Ate . .

"Sure to become a classic—a biological Rosetta Stone that intimately and elegantly shows how the health of soil, plants, animals, and human beings are inseparable. . .An exquisitely crafted narrative of ecological literacy that upends more than a century of conventional thinking."
Paul Hawken, author of Regeneration

"Authoritative, informative, and entertaining. What Your Food Ate is both eye-opening and a call to action for consumers, farmers, and food companies alike."
Emeran Mayer, MD, author of The Mind-Gut Connection

"A must read for farmers, ranchers, eaters, and scientists. What Your Food Ate illuminates connections critical to each of us—and our planet."
Gabe Brown, author of Dirt to Soil

"Here, finally, is a book that debunks the growing consensus that in order to protect the planet, your dinner will have to be grown in a test tube. David and Anne examine each strata with scientific precision to remind us once and for all that soil health and human health are—and have always been—one subject."
Dan Barber, Blue Hill and Row 7 Seed Company

David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. His work has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, TV, and radio including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered. 

Anne Biklé is a science writer and public speaker. Her training is in biology and environmental planning and her writing focuses on the connections between people, plants, food, health, and the environment.  She has been known to coax garden plants into rambunctious growth and nurse them back from the edge of death with her regenerative gardening practices. Her work has appeared in digital and print magazines, newspapers, and radio and her gardening practices have been featured in independent and documentary films. 

Anne and David are married and live in Seattle, WA. Their work includes What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health, and a trilogy of books about soil health, microbiomes, and farming—Dirt: The Erosion of CivilizationsThe Hidden Half of Nature, and Growing a Revolution. (Photo credits: Cooper Reid)

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