Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bountiful Africa

2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Winner, Operation Hope. Allan Savory and Holistic Management Africa have shown the world that poverty and hunger are aided by empowering people with the knowledge and skills to produce their own food on their own land. Watch the video below to see how ruminants on land, managed properly, produce not only healthy food systems, but sustainable economies and vibrant biodiversity. Then, compare that to the devastation of big agribusiness.

"Allan Savory's project, titled "Operation Hope," is an ongoing effort to reverse the desertification that is spreading across the world's savannas and grasslands like a disease. It is rapidly changing farmland into deserts.
What makes the effort unusual for Savory, a biologist, is his use of what he called "the most universally condemned tool in the world" -- livestock. Farming is perhaps the oldest means by which humans have affected the world's climate.
The destruction of healthy soil by compaction, overgrazing and toxic levels of manure that poison the earth and emit climate-warming methane are some of the reasons raising livestock has traditionally been discouraged as an environmentally conscious farming technique.
But Savory was not impressed by environmentalists' arguments, nor by the efforts of commercial seed companies to engineer genetically modified crops to be drought-resistant. "Any scientist can grow green plants with technology," he said. What was unsustainable was "to be growing more green plants on soil that is failing us."
The technique Savory devised does not simply rotate the herds from one nearby plot of land to another but couples their migration with military precision."  NY Times, read the full article here


  1. Hello

    I found your site through your comment on Kurt Harris' blog. I've only had a chance to look at the pinned articles at the top of the page, but I love what I've seen so far.
    I also live in Ontario, but have a fair amount of trouble locating a shortish list of REAL food ingredients. I couldn't find a contact page, so I'm leaving a comment ehre asking if there's a way to get in touch with you if you don't mind answering a few questions.
    Thanks again


  2. Hi Jordan,

    You can contact me at tribe of five blog at gmail dot com

    Depending on where you live and how far you're able to travel, I may have some decent suggestions for you, but I must say that I've never found the type of grass fed meat here that I've had in other provinces. I've heard some different theories on why this is (forest land vs. prairie grasslands), but I'm not sure if that's the real issue.

    Anyway, I'm happy to answer any questions I can.


  3. I love Savory's work. Watching that video clip for the first time changed my whole outlook. Now everytime I'm out driving around I see unmanaged hillsides and eroding soil. It's so much more of a problem than I would have expected, especially in my area where the climate isn't dry and desert-like. But we do have serious problems with lack of species diversity, soil erosion and flooding.

  4. I wish they would have had Allan Savory on Oprah today instead of some vegan lady telling us to eat some oil product that "taste exactly like butter".

  5. Hi Tara,

    I, like Jordan, also found your blog via Dr. Harris' blog. I hope you don't mind if I send you a short email about where to find real food as well? I live in Toronto, so any recommendations from another Ontarian would be greatly appreciated! :) Maybe in case this "stranger asking you questions" thing becomes a trend, you might prefer just to discuss in the comments instead?


  6. I will work on a post regarding some of my good food hunting skills. If not today, tomorrow. In the meantime, you can send me an email.

    Thanks, Mark.