Livestock and Desertification (Google / Scientific American)

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Can Livestock Grazing Stop Desertification?

Overgrazing has been a major cause of the creeping advance of deserts worldwide but new management techniques might make livestock part of the solution

By Colin Sullivan and ClimateWire

Zimbabwe’s foremost land degradation expert has come up with a readily available solution for reversing the spread of deserts around the planet and slowing climate change in the process: He wants to let cows and sheep eat their way through the problem.

In a provocative appearance on the video blog Ted Talks, biologist Allan Savory said desertification of the world’s grasslands may be releasing more carbon into the atmosphere than burning fossil fuels. Savory should know: He has been studying the spread of deserts for more than 50 years.



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.