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Published on April 1st, 2013 | by Yellow Magpie

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Planned Grazing: A Brief Respite From Climate Change?

Planned Grazing: A True Colour Picture Of The Earth

Global warning and the impending energy crisis may be the most pressing issue that our short-lived species has seen. For decades we have looked towards changing our patterns of energy production and consumption. However, we may have been given a brief respite and sufficient time to solve these gripping concerns. Planned grazing may be the solution to all of our problems.

The Problem Of Desertification

Throughout the world, dry, arid regions which are prone to droughts and sporadic rainfall are losing whole swathes of fertile ground. On a hourly basis, arable land is being replaced with infertile desert. It is this paucity of agricultural resources that is the main cause in many famines and wars. No where is this typified than in the continent of Africa.

Nonetheless, this problem goes beyond a regional humanitarian crisis gripping a continent. As these plants wither and die all of the carbon that has been stored through millennia of photosynthesis is being released into carbon dioxide greatly exacerbating current greenhouse emissions and turning a regional tragedy into a global crisis that threatens the survival of the entire human race.

The Solution: Planned Grazing

Zimbabwean biologist Allan Savory has long being trying to solve the global crisis of desertification. Making mistakes along the way has lead him to realise the huge role that grazing animals play in maintaining sufficient plant cover to maintain a healthy ecosystem. His radical idea to implement planned grazing may be the ultimate key to sustainability on Earth.

If his scheme is implemented across the globe and delivers upon its promise the entire human race will have bought enough time to get its house in order and exploit the various forms of solar energy. We may, given enough time, even crack the troublesome coconut that is nuclear fusion and obtain all our energy requirements by converting fused hydrogen into energy.

Ultimately, if planned grazing is successful eventually the natural carbon cycle will reach equilibrium. Nevertheless, unless we stop continually adding human-produced CO2 and  CO2 equivalents we subsequently will be back facing the same quandary.

Further Reading

Here is a link to Allan Savory’s website and a highly critical response to his TED talk by Chris Clarke.

You may also wish to check out Yellow Magpie’s Mining The Moon: Nuclear Fusion And The Next Economics, The Melting Ice: The Harsh Reality Of Global Warming and The Polar Bear: An Indicator Of A Failing World?.

 


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