How to green the world's deserts and reverse climate change | Allan Savory

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Kazi Redoan : I am really happy that this old man was telling the truth. He knows his mistakes and learns from it. Love the video.

Cole Halford : I work on my family's horse ranch, and everything this video says I have seen with my own eyes on thousands of acres of their property. I have seen total garbage waste lands that have dead and dying trees on it turn to beautiful grass or farmland.

Taylor Wilmot : I just stumbled across this. I am surprised by the commentary here. Of course this man is not perfect and this solution is one of few that we can use along with permaculture. I think it would be more beneficial for us all to come together and use multiple strategies in order to bring our grasslands back to life rather than arguing about which is better and who is wrong or right.

st105900 : this is one of the most informative ted talks i have listened to in a really long time

Sian660 : Hilarious my family moved cattle to graze and all the scientists and environmentalists were telling us what terrible people they were and eventually stopped allowing them to do so... years later people realise that my family was right. Farmers are not dumb sometimes you don’t need a fancy degree you need experience that comes from generations of experimenting on the land in small sections.

ХОРОШО : Why there is no global program to implement all these findings? Why so many talks about global warming and not doing what this man said?

Mike Halbert : This needs to happen. You don't come across many win/win situations in life, but this is certainly one.

William Soots : I just watched a video from Russia, and they are saying the same thing and trying to bring back grazing animals including the mammoth.

Dave Wheatley : This is the practical solution to climate change; not spending a $Billion a day on 'schemes', not carbon capture, not carbon trading, not any of the rubbish solutions spouted by the IPCC and the vested interests of politicians, 'journalists' and activists. That don't work. This. Animals growing pastureland feeding the animals feeding the population saving the planet.

Carl Taylor : I forget where this quote comes from but it is so true: "It's not the _chemistry_ of the soil that matters, it's the _biology."_ If you simply keep piling on chemical fertilisers in the end you will end up with chemical dust. In my garden I use no fertilisers and no pesticides or herbicides - I use _organic matter, leaves and compost, manure and leaf mould._ These things are easy to obtain and to use and as a result I have worms, bees, butterflies and other beneficial creatures visiting. If I get weeds I pull them out. It's not rocket science. Grow huge amounts of prickly pear cactus so the roots hold the soil in place.

Sebastian Fernandez : Well now it makes sense why the American Great Plains are desertifying, because we killed all the buffalo which kept the land in shape.

New Mavericks : At the deepest level desertification is lack of love, respect and care for the environment and the creatures in it!

roy ramey : The great plains were covered with tall grass.And there were millions of buffalo

Little pig : This video is the best tool for an argument with vegans. It says it all.

will glazebrook : New favorite human right there

Brendon Walker : I live in Florida Panhandle and the soil is pure sand. I have some horse and began to spread the soiled hay and manure as ground cover to firm the soil and create some surface cohesion in the sand. I did this, for those reasons, maybe four or five years. This year, after the rains, my entire property grew green grass! Seen from google earth, my place looked like a brown postage stamp on a big green envelope. But not anymore. Green on green.

ACTS : Wow, desertification countered and to some degree global warming remedied by growing human food in the form of steaks on the hoof. Didn't see that one coming.

Martin : It's a No Brainer, but will it happen? If people can't make money out it I doubt it, we humans are wonderful creatures who constantly mess thngs up.

Ralph Hardie : Mimic nature I can't believe this video is as old as 2013 and everybody hasn't been talking about it AND really trying to do something on a government level it's a scandal. GREENPEACE WHERE ARE YOU???

Dahvon Colon : Wow this needs to be taught is schools.

Bealtaine Cottage : This I have known and applied it to the three acres that is Bealtaine Cottage in this over-grazed island of Ireland that was once covered in oak forest. The difference from 2004 to the present day is staggering...

Peter Gambier : Thanks for this. Another fact that is for sure is that GMO's and pesticides like RoundUp are killing the soils microorganisms and the desertification of the earth and the acidification of the worlds oceans will probably be the death of us all unless we drastically change all of our habits.

CM : He's not saying let's just get more animals on the land. Let the grass grow, then knock it down to work into the soil. After a few years the soil improved dramatically. I think this should be combined with methods being practiced by some in Australia to stop all the water just running away and we really could turn huge amounts of land back to a healthy state. And on top of that the steady planting of suitable trees. None of its rocket science, but it could drastically improve our natural environment.

namesurename : people aditing their foults are rare those days

Terry B : Wonderful video. Although I'm not sure I heard the answer to the question of what the livestock would eat if there was nothing initially on the land.

kim weaver : Damn, I hope he's right and I hope the world pays attention.

Avinash Kumar : Less population is key to save earth

sweetleetha : The American buffalo grazed the prairies carrying seed in their bellies depositing it about the lands. They eat the grasses so it doesn't all go to seed and die back. Removing the buffalo has caused reduction of natural grasses. Herd migration is due to them needing more food more than dung on their foods.

Victoria Sebanz : What a wonderful mentor. Everything he is doing is helping save the planet.

mockingbird187 : Save the world... eat a vegetarian?

Tjalle Haaze : BEFORE COMMENTING: please (re)watch the entire video. I know it´s hard but this entire comment section is filled with responses from people who haven´t yet understood the topic. No, burning tropical rainforests in order to put life stock on them is not a solution to dessertification, this man is a remorseful biologist who figured out how to turn DRY grasslands and dessertifiing areas back into healthy ecosystems. If you´re against eating meat, please focus your atention on other parts of the world. A cow could, and probably would, have a much worse life in other parts. Large, inhumane coorporations are not going to benefit from these sort of ideas, burning down forests is much easier for them. Being against eating meat is great, but you´re only hurting local communities that need life stock to sustain themselfs.

The_SaVage : How about reintroduce natural herds instead of livestock, we literally are root cause of all global environmental issues, the solutions are so simple

superhumansight : My vegetarian friends hate this truth. Please keep pushing this idea into the mainstream!

Felix Fedre : Scientists say that lack of CO2 causes desertification In other words, we need more CO2 not less.. Great lecture from this honest and committed man. Good news for people with common sense and bad news for the leftest globalists.

Eduardo Benavent : The best, most inspiring Ted Talk !!! FINALLY A FEASIBLE SOLUTION TO THE WORST PROBLEM FACING MAKKIND!!! will the human apes listen?? Will governments listen?!?!???

Benji Travis : Beef it’s what’s going to save the planet... for reals

haku : he says only animals can stomp the land and drop feces on it? why can't people do it themselves? or have machinery stomp the ground and drop human feces?

Pigtail Bbq : I agree with you. I'm a farmer/rancher in eastern Oregon. My goal is to get more carbon into my soil by raising my organic matter levels. Notill farming along with cover crops can change our planet for the better.

Mark Gigiel : Yay, sorry vegans, I'll get to still eat meat. Actually, nobody will listen to this guy and it's too late anyway. Capitalism has brought us to our soon to come extinction. Anything we do will be too little, too late. We couldn't look forward enough. People never evolved beyond control, war, greed and narrow-mindedness.

Pierre Daher : A man who ordered or suggested the killing of 40 000 elephants as a solution , can not and will not and should not be able to bring any kind of solutions to this world , I feel sorry for him I feel sorry for us and I am really sad for the lost animals ,when humans are stupid they become extremely dangerous I couldn't go further than 3 minutes into this video Sorry .I couldn't hear this man talk even though he is now perhaps a Saint but the crime is way too much to forget now that is awfully printed in my mind in the book of humans crimes ..

tenj00 : Let's spend the future turning deserts into woods instead of bombing the crap out of everything, like we did in the past 100 years!

oldschoolgreentube : A warm world is a wet world. A cold one is dry. You better hope to high heaven we are warming.

Calle Nilsson : This is a really interesting prospect. And it kinda makes sense when you think of it; many plants depend on animals a lot to survive and procreate. Be it bees, wasps and flies for pollination, birds and mammals (among others) to eat and spread seeds and so on, we are deeply linked. Its really ironic that the things we thought would kill eco systems might actually bring them back.

Björn Westman : So, don't fiddle around with nature and everything will be just fine...

Marcela Marcie : Well, I almost didn"t watch this as I thought I would hear again the same old stop eating meat to save the world, I'm impressed and I hope he's right about this.

nameofthepen : Thought-provoking in its logic. Stunning in its implications. Exciting in its possibilities.

Open Cages : There are over 2 times more domesticated chicken than humans in the world - and over 90% are raised in intensive factory farms under horrible conditions. But we have the power to change that! Help millions of broilers by signing the petition

John Dwyer : This guy is well meaning but his mind is stuck on grasses as the measure of desertification. He can't see the forests for the grasses, so to speak. Most of those lands were originally forests, NOT grasslands. The people living on the edges of the desert would cut down the trees for fire wood and other uses, not replant and then graze their animals on the grasses that tended to grow absent the trees. Then, being short on fire wood after the trees were cut down they would dig up the roots for fire wood and after that, move again, to the edge of the forest and start the cycle over again. So, why would you try to plant grasses where there should be trees and brush and yes, some grasses but predominantly trees and brush? This guy is an idiot. What majestic animal will he decide needs to wiped out this time? National Geographic did an article 20 years ago about deserts and part of the article talked about a program in Iran under the Shah where they took the sludgy waste from oil refining which was devoid of anything oil and they would contour the desert, spray the sludge and plant seeds of bushes that tend to sent roots deep. They also drop lots of leaves that turn to compost and build up a soil layer and prevent the sand from being blown around. It may have been one of the few good things the Shah did but it was a great program. Again, this guy is lost in the onion field looking for a carrot.

Cheetah 6 : At 18:26 you say horn Africans which are Somalis but show a picture of samburus who live in Kenya??

Rich Singer : True brilliance. Hopefully the world is rational enough to get this done.