It is a global issue that is affecting countries and regions all over the world. The issue is not the lands that are naturally deserts but the conversion of lands that can't produce large biomass with diversity once desertification occurs.
James McWilliams wrote the article, All Sizzle and No Steak, that called attention to the flaws of Savory's plan. According to his research, there have multiple studies conducted that contradicted the results Savory roared about in his talk. Some of the issues not addressed in the talk were the cost of producing supplemental feed for the livestock, the stress and fatigue the animals endured, and the weight loss in the animals. The review, Short Duration Grazing Research in Africa, even went so far to state, “No grazing system has yet shown the capacity to overcome the long-term effects of overstocking and/or drought on vegetation productivity."
I applaud Savory for thinking outside of the box but attention needs to be called to other ways we can stop deforestation and climate change.
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