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Why Should ‘Villens Consider Livestock Grazing (Ever)?

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Posted on January 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm
Last Modified on January 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

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When a sober, soft-spoken, octogenarian with a Scottish accent delivers a somber warning about a six-degree temperature increase on our planet the impact is immediately warmly felt. So it was in the ASEAN Auditorium at Tufts’ Fletcher School yesterday. Allan Savory spoke there on his groundbreaking (literally) method of livestock management, which he proposes is the only way to significantly reduce atmospheric carbon by regenerating grasslands and reversing desertification. Seth Itzkan of Somerville’s Planet-TECH Associates arranged the talk attended by about 300 students, researchers and concerned citizens.

At the end of his talk, Mr. Savory gave an impassioned call to action. An audience member asked what could a regular fellow from Somerville do. Mr. Savory is not proposing bringing livestock to Somerville, but does want us to become proponents of holistic grazing techniques. The endearing Mr. Savory replied that when he first had to give a public address he actually wet his pants and had to hide behind his brief case. If he could be that shy and still take a brave stand in fighting climate change, he argued, so could we. The audience was extremely receptive to his charms as well as his ideas.

This event was the first in Tufts’ “Creating the Future We Want” series. Professor William Moomaw, Tufts Professor of International Environmental Policy, will likely host Mr. Savory again in the fall to further discuss the implications of the work of the Savory Institute. They may need a bigger auditorium. In the meantime, you can learn more about it at savoryinstitute.com.

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