Cows Can Change the World

Alan Savory is a brilliant man when it comes to ecology. However, his political views have a serious port side list and they have since the days of Rhodesia. Be that as it may, in this article, he showed some signs of understanding the main part of the problem when he referred to what is going on in the West as a “cultural genocide.”Indeed it is.

He describes the problem very well and shows a thorough understanding of how the American political system doesn’t work. 

His his solution is a mammoth and magical shift in “public perception.” Anybody want to make any book on whether or not that will ever happen?

He makes very little, if any, mention of the role that private property and free markets will, by necessity, have to play when the “ultimate tragedy occurs.”

“Solutions and collaboration” are not possible–at least on the grandiose scale we need, and the short time we have to muster it, in order to avert the “ultimate tragedy.” Further, there will always be “conflict” as long as the dominant guy (a sociopath by default) gains his revenue at the point of a gun.

Most all “problems” are manufactured by, or are unintended consequences of,  government interventionism. Abolish government and these problems will disappear as if by magic.

The laws of economics are as real as the law of gravity. The ignorant owners of “desertified”ranches would be on their own. They will go broke and, as a result, the assets will fall into more capable hands. It is nature’s way.  — jtl, 419

by Alan Savory in RANGE MAGAZINE

The recent RANGE article featuring Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy (whose cattle were taken from his southern Nevada range by the BLM backed up by SWAT teams) typifies the western ranching cultural genocide taking place. It is a tragedy based on deeply held myths and assumptions rather than on any known science.

No publication has done more than RANGE, valiantly fighting for fairness and the rights of ranchers in the protracted rancher-federal agency war over western public lands. When decent human beings—including ranchers, environmentalists and government land managers who are doing the best they can—all want healthy land with abundant wildlife, flowing rivers, stable rural families and communities in a healthy thriving nation, solutions and collaboration are needed instead of conflict.

How easy it is to draw our swords and yet how difficult it is to re-sheath them. So let me start with a point that I believe all parties can agree upon… Continue Reading Here

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Land and Livestock International, Inc. is a leading agribusiness management firm providing a complete line of services to the range livestock industry. We believe that private property is the foundation of America. Private property and free markets go hand in hand—without property there is no freedom. We also believe that free markets, not government intervention, hold the key to natural resource conservation and environmental preservation. No government bureaucrat can (or will) understand and treat the land with as much respect as its owner. The bureaucrat simply does not have the same motives as does the owner of a capital interest in the property. Our specialty is the working livestock ranch simply because there are so many very good reasons for owning such a property. We provide educational, management and consulting services with a focus on ecologically and financially sustainable land management that will enhance natural processes (water and mineral cycles, energy flow and community dynamics) while enhancing profits and steadily building wealth.
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3 Responses to Cows Can Change the World

  1. Rich Wilcke says:

    Alan Savory’s attitudes toward private property and profits – which likely haven’t changed since his early career as a government employee in Rhodesia – remind me of what my old friend and mentor Ben Rogge used to say was the attitude of most academic economists about the successful sales of books by John Kenneth Galbraith. “For an academic economist to make money on his books is considered somewhat tacky,” said Rogge. Savory’s attitude about profits and the focus of a former colleague Stan Parsons – referred to by Savory merely as “an agricultural economist” – seems like the same prejudice. To Alan Savory, employing his noble “Savory Grazing Method” as a means to make a profit (as opposed to saving the world) seems to strike him as somewhat “tacky.”

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