The Living Soil

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The Living Soil (1943) by Lady Eve Balfour is considered a seminal classic in organic agriculture and the organic movement.[1] The book is based on the initial findings of the first three years of the Haughley Experiment, the first formal, side-by-side farm trial to compare organic and chemical-based farming, started in 1939 by Balfour (with Alice Debenham), on two adjoining farms in Haughley Green, Suffolk, England.[2][3][4]

The Living Soil was also published as The Living Soil and the Haughley Experiment.[5]


  1. ^ Duram (editor), Leslie A. (2010). Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-313-35963-7. 
  2. ^ White, Kim Kennedy; Duram, Leslie A (2013). America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-friendly Culture in the United States. California: ABC-CLIO. p. 176. ISBN 978-1-59884-657-7. 
  3. ^ "LADY EVE BALFOUR". IFOAM. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Balfour, Lady Eve. "Towards a Sustainable Agriculture—The Living Soil". Canberra Organic Growers Society Soil And Health Library. IFOAM. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Balfour, E.B. The Living Soil and the Haughley Experiment. Palgrave Macmillan, 1976. ISBN 9780876632697

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