“When the grassland has been grazed in a way that mimics nature – large herds bunched up and moving frequently – the hardpan is broken up, the grass is fertilized and the dead grass is tramped down rather than blocking the sun from the sprouting grass below it, and grasses thrive, filling in the bare ground and restoring life to the soil.
More planned grazing = More soil carbon = More water retention = More drought resilience, More water retention = More plant growth = More evapotranspiration = More rain, More carbon in the soil = Less carbon in the atmosphere & less carbon in the oceans
“In the United States, millions of cattle are fed grain in a fossil-fuel-based factory production system, while so much of the land in the western half of the country is desertifying due to too few livestock”. Alan Savory
Carbon storage in grass may be more stable as much of it is below ground & less likely to be lost to the atmosphere during fires, droughts or floods.
Cattle grazing significantly reduces wildfire spread. University of CA Coop Extension
“Maybe you see a natural desert, but I see a degraded waste that was once a rich grassland.” Regenerating Grassland