Check out the interview with Alan Savory on Radio New Zealand
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Alan Savory is President and co-founder of the Savory Institute, which promotes large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands through holistic management.
Although I believe that anthropic climate change is the biggest pile of communist (actually, Agenda 21 but I repeat myself) crap the world has ever seen, I do believe that livestock are the best tool available to rejuvenate soils and reclaim denuded rangelands.
Cattle are indeed the salvation of the earth. Although the sequestration of Carbon may not be necessary to address the hoax we know as “climate change,” it can double, tripple or even quadruple your range’s carrying capacity and increase your cash flow by up to 300%.
My only problems with Holistic Management are small and confined to the finer points (that may be bigger issues than they first appear).
Where Holistic Management Crosses Paths with Agenda 21.
Janet Thompson put it well in the Summer 2013 issue of Range Magazine. To paraphrase: The anti-private property and anti-free market “sustainable development” movement utilizes triple-bottom-line accounting (TBL). TBL was created by the United Nations to advance the four main initiatives birthed at the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit in Rio de Janerio: Climate Change, Agenda 21.
TBL (also known as people, planet, profit or ‘the three pillars’) captures an expanded spectrum of values and criteria for measuring organizational (and societal) success: economic, ecological and social. With the ratification of the United Nations and ICLEEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) TBL became the standard for urban and community accounting in early 2007. It has now become the dominant approach to public-sector full-cost accounting.
In the private sector, a commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) implies a commitment to some form of TBL reporting.
With Holistic Management, decisions are made and tested for soundness and to make sure they will take you toward the “holistic goal.” There are seven of these tests which include “sustainability, society and culture” – i.e. echoes of Tripple Bottom Line Accounting and Agenda 21.
Of course, people who make their living in the free market know that economics already accounts for “society” and “environment.” Every day in every purchase decision made by each of the approximately 330 million people in the United States, a value is given to society and environment through price.
Imposing a value for society and environment ensures they are double counted. No matter how well-intended industry’s acknowledgement of the triple bottom line, there is no escaping the fact that it sets producers up for a tax at some point in the future. Whatever extraneous values are agreed to will eventually become a financial penalty on production.
— jtl, 419