Climate Change, Healthy Soils and Holistic Planned Grazing: A Restoration Story

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Summary: The quantity of carbon contained in soils is directly related to the diversity and health of soil life. All organic carbon sequestered in soils is extracted from the atmosphere by photosynthesis and converted to complex molecules by bacteria and fungi in synergy with insects and animals. An effective, profitable, and culturally relevant method for increasing soil organic carbon is to restore grasslands worldwide to their optimal health. To accomplish this at the scale and pace that we need, Holistic Management and one of its associated processes, Holistic Planned Grazing, offers a tangible way to begin to restore the climate to pre-industrial levels by properly managing livestock to build soil life. At the same time, it has the potential to restore agriculture productivity, enhance wildlife habitat and water resources, while also employing more people in rural communities and producing high quality protein for millions.

Savory Institute. 2015. Climate Change, Healthy Soils and Holistic Planned Grazing: A Restoration Story.

 

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