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  •  These are incredibly exciting ideas that can have (0+ / 0-)

    huge beneficial impacts, the first and foremost of which is reducing atmospheric carbon by putting loads of it back where it should be--in the deep soil of the Earth's vast grasslands.

    It's not going to solve global warming.  But it can help.  And any practices that allow an increase in natural, permanent sequestration -- particularly in the crucial period of the next 50-100 years -- offer a bit of precious breathing room and may help us avoid catastrophe.

    In terms of feeding people, it can have a marked impact in Africa, in the areas where the indigenous cultures have always depended heavily on cattle.  Desertification has proceeded slowly, over centuries, leaving the cattle herds smaller and less healthy, and the people more impoverished.  Increasing the cattle herds in a sustainable way will help the various cultures to thrive in their traditional areas and retain their ways of life, while giving them a base to improve their economic conditions.

    THe little I've been able to read about Integrated Management indicates that the improvement in the land also allows an increase in the wild herds living there.  That's very encouraging too.

    In the US, we eat so much grain-fed, factory-farmed beef that we can't expect to fully replace that (including the tons we import) in a sustainable way.  There still needs to be a real change in consciousness and habits.  But Integrated Management could certainly increase the supply of sustainably raised, grass-fed beef.  That can only help when it comes to convincing people to reject factory-farmed beef, or to outlaw those very destructive practices altogether. It means we can have more flexibility in terms of people continuing to eat beef on occasion, or in some cases often, if they're willing to pay the price for grass-fed beef.

    I'm hoping to see more detailed reports on these practices.

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    by Fiona West on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 01:15:19 PM PDT

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    •  That's "holistic management," not "integrated." (0+ / 0-)

      Sorry.

      --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

      by Fiona West on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 01:38:24 PM PDT

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