Similarly, Stringer et al. states how events of drought can be a major driver for the desertification of land.The increased variability in rainfall and intensity of the droughts mixed with climate change across the region will increase land desertification problems. This will place a higher difficulty on the farming communities to adapt to the variability of the climate (Stinger et al. 2009). However, Savory found that by holistically managing cattle and increasing their numbers they can help in reversing desertification and thus reversing climate change.
In my opinion the idea of holistic management seems like a good idea, but does it really work? The 400% increase in livestock will result in a huge increase in methane, but will the grasses absorb enough carbon to balance it out?
After reading the article by James McWilliams it made me rethink whether Allan Savory's holistic management idea was a good one. McWilliams says "if you're interested in saving the planet, sharpen your steak knives." I feel that this is a great way to summarize Savorys argument. The 400% increase in livestock will make farmers have to sell more meat in order to make a living and thus pushing a higher consumption of red meat onto the rest of the planet.