It is hard to believe that the common sense contained in this little book has generated such anger and controversy.
Holistic planned grazing uses domestic animals as replacements for the great wild herds that once roamed our grasslands.
Beginning with a simple explanation of the physiological need of grasslands for animal impact, Savory proceeds with an explanation of a cheap, easy way to apply this on the ranges. To this he adds a prescription for a long-term planning process that elevates social and environmental outcomes to the same level as profits.
This book should be read by every rancher, wildlifer and manager, especially those who believe they disagree with Savory. Most will find that they agree with these simple ideas, and be surprised to learn that the ideas they disagree with were never recommended by Savory.
The Grazing Revolution: A Radical Plan to Save the Earth (TED Books Book 39)
Our planet is rapidly turning to desert. Once-lush grasslands, the source of precious food and water, are growing dry and bare. Rivers that used to flow year-round now run dry after the rains. Grazing animals want for food.
What is causing this “desertification” of the earth, and how can we stop it?
In The Grazing Revolution, biologist Allan Savory presents a solution that’s as radical as it is simple: huge herds of livestock, managed to mimic the behavior of the natural herds that once roamed grasslands centuries ago.
Tracing his own story of discovery, Savory debunks common misconceptions and provides a vivid chronicle of the process by which he has seen scrubby wasteland revert to robust ecosystems. Our age-old agricultural practices are contributing greatly to the global climate change underway; Savory argues that by re-imagining these practices, we can reverse desertification and save the planet.
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