Allan Savory packs a powerful punch into this 20-minute video. The deserts of the world are creeping like a cancer but it seems there is an answer!
"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it's happening to about two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.
It's Australia's Problem Too!
There are times when something jumps out of the woodwork and grabs your attention. Such is this TED Talk delivered by Allan Savory, world renowned scientist and activist.
We all know that much of Australia is a vast inland desert. It's dry. It's hot in summer and cold in winter. It's an arid land that few of us ever experience.
For us coastal folks, the rains come, the gardens grow, we drive to the super-market and life goes on. The shelves in our stores are always full.
The 2018 drought that covers so much of our valued farmlands in Australia should tell us something but it seems that many of us would prefer not to know about it.
So what are we hiding from? If Allan Savory is right, and I believe that he is, the inland deserts of this land we call home are rapidly creeping closer and closer to our own backyards.
Maybe it's a warning that more of us should be turning our Aussie backyards into productive mini-foodbowls.
We grow lawn that we harvest weekly in the growing season and throw it away. Why not food that we can eat?