Soil, Grass and Cancer

Voisin, Andre

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Synopsis: This long-out-of-print classic showed that soil fertility was directly linked to human and animal disease. Almost a half-century ago, Andr Voisin had already grasped the importance of the subterranean world. He mapped the elements of the soil and their effects on plants, and ultimately, animal and human life as well. He saw the hidden danger in oversimplified fertilization practices and the use of toxic chemicals that ignore the delicate balance of trace minerals and nutrients in the soil.

This is not, however, merely a persuasive testament to the link between soil, human and animal health. It is also essential reading for anyone committed to increasing both the quality and the profitability of their pastures. While grass and livestock farmers will benefit most from the wealth of information on rotation management and fertilization practices, there is much in this book for anyone who makes a living from the earth.

With a volume of meticulously researched information, Voisin issues a call to agricultural scientists, veterinarians, dietitians and intelligent farmers to stand up and acknowledge the responsibilities they bear in the matter of public health. He writes as well to the alarmed consumer of agricultural products, hoping to spread the knowledge of the possibilities of protective medicine part of a concerted attempt to remove the causes of ill health, disease and, in particular, cancer.

About the Author: Born in France in 1903, Andre Voisin was both a biochemist and a farmer. Though he made his living as a scientist, he believed that the greatest mysteries of dairy science were more likely understood through simple observation of the relationship between the cow and the grass than by experiments in the laboratory.

Voisin taught biochemistry at the National Veterinary School of France as well as at the Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine in Paris. A true farmer at heart, he understood that if the soils and grasses are managed with care, they will in turn take care of the animals who live on them. It is a small leap then to understand that if the animals are healthy and well cared-for, then those who consume the animals and their products will also be healthy.

Perhaps his best known work is Grass Productivity, first published in 1957, and the first in which he described his "rational" system of grassland management which, at its most basic, was rotational grazing based on defoliation by the animals in relation to the rate of growth on grasslands. Later works include: Soil, Grass & Cancer; Better Grassland Sward; and Grass Tetany.

Though he often provoked controversy with his ideas, his convincing arguments and comprehensive knowledge of the subject kept both believers and skeptics interested in his ideas. He consistently kept the farmers in mind, and as they applied his ideas to their grasslands, the truth of his theories was shown.

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Publication Date: 2000
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