Want to green the world’s deserts? Do the unthinkable: Put livestock back on them — Allan Savory

argylesock says… Dr Savory is talking good sense here, I think.

ILRI Clippings

Watch this new provocative 22-minute TedTalk by Allan Savory on ‘How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change’.

Alan Savory, a Zimbabwean-born biologist/ecologist and rangelands specialist, gives environmentalists pause in a recent TedTalk, published 4 Mar 2013, on the ‘cancer’ of desertification of the world’s drylands, which make up some two-thirds of the Earth’s surface.

‘Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert’, Savory begins in this quietly powerful talk. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes he has evidence that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

The factor is your old-fashioned cattle, sheep and goat herds — the very animals vilified by generations of range ecologists arguing that domesticated animals cause, not stop, desertification.

‘We know that desertification is caused by livestock’, Savory begins, ‘mostly by cattle, sheep and…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Want to green the world’s deserts? Do the unthinkable: Put livestock back on them — Allan Savory

  1. WONDERFUL – how do we spread the word!!! I’m off to send it round the people I know!!!

    • argylesock says:

      You know how to use the ‘reblog’ function on WP don’t you? If you use it, I hope you’ll go into ‘Edit’ for the post after reblogging it, and type in a title that you like. I generally put in the title that the original post had. I find that it’s worth doing this because if people have set their WP account to email them new posts from the blogs they follow, any reblogged posts come into the email inbox with meaningless numbers instead of titles.

      Anyway I’m glad you like this post from ILRI. That organisation provides good resources – its News and its Clippings – I get them both sent to my email. I like the developing-world focus.

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