Chapter 4.4 – Regenerating Agriculture to Sustain Civilization
By Allan Savory, Savory Institute, Boulder, Colarado; and Tom Duncan, Home Ecology & Brooklet Farm Education, Brooklet, Australia
This section explores the history of agriculture and civilizations through the lens of Holistic Management, Permaculture, and the Keyline scale of permanence. Civilizations need to regenerate agricultural production with a variety of frameworks, methodologies, and tools, which are explored in journal articles discussed in this section.
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About the Authors
Allan Savory is a Zimbabwean ecologist, farmer, soldier, exile, environmentalist, international consultant, and president and co-founder of The Savory Institute. He originated holistic management, a systems thinking approach to managing resources. Once a staunch opponent of livestock, Savory would come to favor using properly managed livestock, bunched and moving to mimic nature, as a means to heal the environment, stating livestock can reverse desertification. He believes grasslands hold the potential to sequester enough atmospheric carbon dioxide to reverse climate change. Praised by supporters as genius, prophet and visionary, his controversial ideas have sparked fierce opposition from academics, environmentalists, and vegans. Yet his radical approach is gaining ground, with new converts and investors, and total grassland under holistic management topping 40 million acres worldwide.
Savory received the 2003 Banksia International Award and won the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Prince Charles called him “a remarkable man” and Joel Salatin, dubbed by the New York Times as “Virginia’s most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson,”wrote, “History will vindicate Allan Savory as one of the greatest ecologists of all time.”
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Watch Allan Savory’s TEDx presentation on reversing desertification using holistic grassland management.
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Spot Tom on the Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace introductory video, shot at Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2013!