Cattle on pasture to reverse desertification

With no doubt the accelerating process of desertification is amongst the biggest threats for agriculture around the globe. It goes hand in hand with the continuous decline of water quality and the rising costs of factor inputs to farming.

Starting almost unnoticed in the form of slow but gradual soil degradation it leads to the large scale loss of arable or grazable land and finally the surrender of farmers and herdsmen who do not find successors and move to the cities. Wealthy nations or individual operations might compensate through irrigation and the use of more complex and accurate fertilizing strategies. Cleary this cannot be sustained over generations and it does not help the public image of farming.

Recent findings and an ever increasing pool of testimonials and peer reviewed scientific data demonstrate that it does not have to be this way. The results firmly suggest a bold but enlightening conclusion:

Agriculture is not possible without animals.

  1. Only correct use of grazers preserves, restores and improves the land.
  2. Crop production only works with the integration of animals. No other method has proven to capture nutrients and guarantee for longterm soil and plant health.

Off course the latter does not have to happen on one farm. We have to think of systems.

A quite strong viewpoint on the role of grazers was expressed by the farmer and biologist  Allen Savory to be watched in this presentation: