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Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.


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How attached are you to your deeply held beliefs? If solutions to global problems challenge your worldview, how do you react?

Allan Savory's recent TED Talk introduced an unlikely and politically incorrect solution to reversing global desertification and climate change with the use of livestock as a tool, and different decision making.

Well-meaning laws, bureaucracies, and activists at the mercy of public opinion have stifled this work from moving forward on a large scale in the US. Belief systems and the fear of being wrong often prohibits change.

How do you respond to ideas that challenge your belief system? How do we stop our paradigms and prejudices from unfairly shaping decision making, and allowing us to take real risks for lasting change? What's your reaction to cows helping save the world? What idea have you believed and been completely wrong?


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    Mar 5 2013: Range scientists and environmentalist need to understand that Holistic Management is developed specifically to help reverse desertification by using livestock to mimic the beneficial evolutionary grazing patters of wild ruminants. It is *not* conventional livestock management in any form, and the well know deleterious results of conventional practices are not measures of it's efficacy. The proof of it's successes are in the land itself, where good grass cover and surface water replace bare soil.

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