The Sacred Cow: Fighting Desertification

Allan Savory's Holistic Management Theory of fighting desertification by running more cattle on pasture land falls short on science.

Prairie grassland in Dane County, Wisconsin. In Savory's universe, ungrazed land, known as "rested" land, will always wither away. "It's just wrong, " said Brewer. A substantial number of studies on desert grassland have found that with rest, grass cover "increases dramatically," while "intensive grazing delays this recovery."
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