Janet Clark

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Janet Clark
Posted over 1 year ago
Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change
Okay. I found the articles very ill-informed about the science of soil ecology and -the second one - to be geographically chauvinistic and dismissive of recent desertification trends. I would have avoided reading them for these topics as the authors have limited credentials. I respect scientists, anyone who has studied, learned a scientific method, seeks peer review, and written and defended a doctoral thesis.
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Janet Clark
Posted over 1 year ago
Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change
Kevin, I am pretty impressed with the supporting data, case studies and calculations on the carbon sequestration in the soil of holistically managed ruminent pastures and also bovine methane generation questions available at http://www.savoryinstitute.com/2013/03/resources/evidence-supporting-holistic-management/. The details are here. Also, on rainfall: it may not increase with holistic management. However, these techniques have been demonstrated to achieve deeper living portions of soil, and rainwater can reach and remain in the local watertable (under the ground) to feed streams and ponds for much longer seasons. Your phrases "trampling vegetation into useful ground cover" (versus cellulose converted into a microbe-rich fertilizer desired by any farmer) and "miserable few animals" (versus diverse and populated wild habitats) suggest rather biased screen through which you read. Historically forests were only climax communities in parts of the earth's lands receiving enough rainfall, and their edges and disturbance areas were the most biologically productive. And, anyone can farm. City neighborhoods are beginning to grow food in vacant lots and rooftops. Of course, the best growers import seaweed or cow manure. I don't need to import anything.
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Janet Clark
Posted over 1 year ago
Allan Savory: How to fight desertification and reverse climate change
It seems to me there are quite a few people posting to this list who did not listen to the full presentation. What was described is a different protocol for farming than that which has been responsible for soil and habitat and water and climate degradation. All of your statements of blame on cattle do not apply to these more natural techniques. Land restoration is the reason I farm (I cannot afford an estate with no revenue) and there are many small organic farmers like me. There are good things about the human race, too.
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Janet Clark
Posted over 1 year ago
How attached are you to your deeply held beliefs? If solutions to global problems challenge your worldview, how do you react?
Humans are feeling beings first, then thinking beings. This has been hard for me to accept, but the recent wide rejection of the scientific consensus on global warming and the role of our policies and habits has made me a believer. People rationalize facts into their comfortable belief systems. The most appalling perhaps is “God made us do it so the end of times can arrive”. On ecosystems science and “management”: these are complex systems just as are our living bodies, and our societies and organizations. The best interventions I have seen in my work are present in Savoy’s work: respect for and effort to understand existing system dynamics, agile strategies for influence, flexible and participative decision methods, and respect for feedback. Hard science only plays a role in the “understanding” bit, and the initial design of strategies, and suggestions for response to feedback. The rest is a wild and wooly ride. You know your systems “lives” when you audit it for results, and this is proof enough. Look at quality management, rejected in this country until so many success stories caused almost all big companies to adopt the system of management that was working. Population growth goes down with improved lives, and green land growing good food can do that. Sign me up.