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Allan Savory: How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change

"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to ...

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Comment by Scarlett on April 16, 2013 at 15:37

I succeeded in signing up for that site and read the full article for free. It seems that the basic idea of periods of grazing followed by much longer periods of rest is supported (as bill mollison proposes in the permaculture manual also) but that higher stocking levels are not particularly supported. THe spoke pattern paddock segment design has overuse problems near the hub, but is otherwise efficient. The period of stocking vs rest is affected by soil type, rainfall, and the species you are trying to regenerate /conserve/ eradicate - which comes as no surprise. 

The most effective thing you can do seems to be to graze and then REST the land, and this may not becarried out effectively in practice. 

I suspect that intensive grazing followed by seed broadcasting of appropriate succession species and then long spells of rest ( and adequate rainfall) may well be restorative (as it is at the garden scale) - but is not quite the silver bullet that mr savory claims it to be in the ted talk video. Nevertheless, I like the add more organic matter etc basic tenets of mr savory's approach - it makes sense to me yet is counter intuitive to a lot of pastoralism - and think it's probably a case of clever management is needed.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 16, 2013 at 15:32

Hm! Interesting. Thank you for pointing this out Steve. The guy comes across as a sincere person wanting to improve the world. No talk of his benefitting from what he was talking about.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 16, 2013 at 14:23

Steve you may have a point. I'll never know. The url leads to a $29 download to read it at a size which is legible. Read online, no wonder it's free. Perhaps you could precis the article for us even if none of us are going to try the system out at least  we can be informed.

Comment by Scarlett on April 16, 2013 at 10:58

it's revolutionary isn't it?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on April 15, 2013 at 21:41
Woo hoo, what a radical idea! I hope that it gets publicised very widely. So simple but so profoundly important.

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