how to green the deserts

Ted Talk by Allan Savory

You may be surprised at this person’s simple but powerful approach to the world’s environmental problems.

 Allan Savory is not the most energetic speakers and he takes a while to get to showing you the results of his approach but I was amazed at what he has accomplished and far reaching the implications for the world.
With practically NO COST or technological change –  he predicts we could get carbon levels back to per-industrial levels.

Being a vegetarian and knowing how meat production produces more carbon emissions than all the cars and trucks in the world, I was expecting him to explain how we need to stop raising livestock.  His answer is just the opposite and he seems to have the research and results to back him up.

Before man took over much the planet it was covered in lush grasslands and inhabited by herds of animals who lived together in what we would consider overgrazing conditions.    It turns out this overgrazing is the perfect recipe for the health of the soil and thus the plant foods that can grow it it!

 

 Keep in mind that he is NOT talking about turning productive farm land into grazing.  He is not talking about increasing in any way the modern livestock industry in western nations.

This means that in western urban lifestyle situations it is still a great (and perhaps necessary) idea to reduce meat consumption and increase vegetable growth in our back yards ect.  

What do you think about this?