Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment

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Narrated by: Paul W. Griffiths
Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Fossil fuels and livestock grazing are often targeted as major culprits behind climate change and desertification. But Allan Savory, cofounder of the Savory Institute, begs to differ. The bigger problem, he warns, is our mismanagement of resources. Livestock grazing is not the problem; it's how we graze livestock. If we don't change the way we approach land management, irreparable harm from climate change could continue long after we replace fossil fuels with environmentally benign energy sources.

Holistic management is a systems-thinking approach for managing resources, developed by Savory decades ago after observing the devastation of desertification in his native Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Properly managed livestock are key to restoring the world's grassland soils, the major sink for atmospheric carbon, and minimizing the most damaging impacts on humans and the natural world.

This audiobook updates Savory's paradigm-changing vision for reversing desertification, stemming the loss of biodiversity, eliminating fundamental causes of human impoverishment throughout the world, and climate change. Reorganized chapters make it easier for listeners to understand the framework for holistic management and the four key insights that underlie it.

This long-anticipated new edition is written for new generations of ranchers, farmers, ecological and social entrepreneurs, and development professionals working to address global environmental and social degradation. It offers new hope that a sustainable future for humankind and the world we depend on is within reach.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield (P)2017 Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield

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this wonderful knowledge needs mastered.

The information in this work is splendid. There are hisses that can be startling and painful when the volume is high in order to hear the quiet speech throughout.

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Ideas To Save the the World, Told Poorly

Savory's ideas about regenerative agriculture and how to do it are what all humans need to hear. But it would have helped if he had used a professional recording studio. He also could be less wordy and boring.

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Everyone should read this!

This book is an an example of what happens when a man has ideas and collaborates with openness, curiosity and love to see them developed. Allan Savory, by regularly collaborating to improve his management process has shown us all what the collective intelligence can do that individual cannot. We can regenerate our land and reverse climate change.

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Wonderful

This is the direction we need to move, it makes compete sense. We are moving full steam ahead with holistic management on our farm.

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Inspiring

Very inspiring. Well read. It provides a systematic framework for making decisions and monitoring decisions made. It is applicable to agriculture, people's personal lives, and urban America. This management system has potential to bridge the rural/urban gap that is present in America.

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A Real Epiphany

As a learning farmer I was encouraged that so much quality of food and life can come from modest places. Allen casts a practical vision based on "wholeness." This is really brilliant!!

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Personally can barely get through the narration.

This is an incredibly important book, but for me personally I find the narration impossible to stay focused on. It might just be me, but something about the narrator's voice and accent, It takes so much effort to listen.
I'm constantly hitting rewind because I've spaced out and I'm thinking of other things. It's unfortunate because this book is a vital resource. Get the paper book!

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Amazing book, really bad recording

At first I thought it was the app skipping back for some odd reason. Then realized it was actually bad editing of the recording. there are quite numerous times in the book when it just repeats itself from a few words to a whole 5 min( maybe even more( I think it was chapter 19, when he was talking about elephants.

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This is full of information!

It normally doesn’t take much for me to plow through a large book like this. However this book has taken me over a month to read and try to digest. They give you step by step guide to creating your own holistic context.

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Revolutionary

I Loved it! Great narration.
can be applied much much further than ranching and agriculture.

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  • 12-29-19

By far best land management book worldwide!

Great resource for everyone! didn't expect to find a budgeting section, which is great. Allan really covers it all, extremely well delivered. the narrator is amazing and allans own voice fills in voids which adds great depth

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  • 01-15-19

A blueprint to save the Earth

A truly inspired book that needs the very widest circulation to reverse ecological damage to the Earth.

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  • 03-17-20

A 'Must Listen'

If only our world leaders and farmers adopted the practices outlined in this book ...
The contents of this book give me hope for our future, thank you to Allan, his team and to all of the farmers working to save our planet. Thank you.

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  • 07-24-20

A very important book.

Whether you are in food production or not, read this book. it will change your viewpoint.

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  • rabbittibbar
  • 06-08-20

read it right away!

compulsory reading for anyone who's decisions and actions have a profound impact on the lives of others. actually that's practically everyone. should be on the curriculum regardless of the chosen field of study or vocational training. a compendium of how to do things right. an important book for the world. very well done.

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  • Mr A J Spicer
  • 03-01-19

Too good to be true

https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2017-2-march-april/feature/allan-savory-says-more-cows-land-will-reverse-climate-change

"If I had most of the credible range scientists getting together to write papers saying I was full of crap, I'd do some real soul-searching," he replied. "As a scientist, that's what you'd have to do. But I don't know if he is a scientist."

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  • 04-06-19

Very informative

Fantastic information, very well set out with the Holistic management framework on the PDF to support the book

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  • 09-09-18

food for thought!!

I feel a better way of looking at a vast majority of problems with the world today.

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  • 06-26-18

Important stuff

Great book giving hope to all about the possibilities that agriculture and in particular the management of agriculture can provide answers to global issues around global warming and and providing safe profitable food and fiber.

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  • 07-31-18

An Environmental/Agricultural leadership must!

This book breaks down some seriously damaging myths about environmental management. Having studied Environmental science 10 years ago and again now, I hadn't come across his ideas in mainstream science. BUT, they should be taught to all Environmental and Agriculture majors throughout the world. This book is a game changer.

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  • Wixy
  • 01-13-20

Changing my world

Everyday I see the inspiring and powerful results of implementing a Holistic Management Plan. Helps enable me to predict what actions I need to take to get to where I want to be in the future.

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