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Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change

Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change via TEDtalks

  • About 2/3 rds (two-thirds) of the earth is desertifying.
  • It can be stopped and the pace reversed, by initiatives that are simple and cheap to implement.
  • Fighting desertification is essential for the survival or the human species.

I think this opinion piece makes sense. Its backed by clear evidence, if not scientific evidence, and it would be in our best interests as humans to adopt this advice as clearly, our life on the planet depends on a healthy coexistence and balance within our ecosystems, and desertification disrupts than balance. More videos by Allan Savory here [YouTube]

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6 comments on “Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change

  1. thenoveilst
    November 23, 2014

    And in the name of preventing climate change, we create one problem to fix another, as in the chem/contrails being sprayed above everyone’s head, poisoning everything.

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  2. shambashapeup
    November 24, 2014

    Desertification is something we cover during the past series often, and suggest the best way to combat it is by planting quick growing trees, such as Calliandra or Moringa.

    http://shambashapeup.com/viewepisode/84

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  3. JFC
    November 24, 2014

    Cattle that grazed according to Savory’s method needed expensive supplemental feed, became stressed and fatigued, and lost enough weight to compromise the profitability of their meat. And even though Savory’s Grazing Trials took place during a period of freakishly high rainfall, with rates exceeding the average by 24 percent overall, the authors contend that Savory’s method “failed to produce the marked improvement in grass cover claimed from its application.” The authors of the overview concluded exactly what mainstream ecologists have been concluding for 40 years: “No grazing system has yet shown the capacity to overcome the long-term effects of overstocking and/or drought on vegetation productivity.”

    http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2013/11/12/allan-savory-myth-and-reality/
    http://www.slate.com/articles/life/food/2013/04/allan_savory_s_ted_talk_is_wrong_and_the_benefits_of_holistic_grazing_have.html
    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2013/03/17/adam-merberg-on-grazing-and-allan-savory-and-ted/

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    • Sang N.
      November 24, 2014

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve read your links, and I can understand why you and many others may not agree with Savory. However, I wouldn’t dismiss his methods altogether, just because there is a
      likelihood that they won’t always work, or that the information he provides in his lectures is imprecise. I wonder if you or any of his detractors who have written these essays have partnerred with his foundation or organisation, to test his methods, and prove whether they work or not? Further, as he correctly pointed out, it seems there are
      few other cost-effective alternatives, and having looked at desertification in the past myself,
      I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, to the point I will partner with his foundation to try his methods. In the end, even Darwin’s views of
      species were initially rejected by twentieth century biologists in the 1930s and 1940s, the likes of
      Dobzhansky, Mayr and others who argued that Darwin failed to understand species and speciation. I think those who are actively trying to do something about desertification deserve applause more than suspiciously unfounded (if not questionable) ridicule.

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