Mobile pastoralism—A 10,000-year-old practice still robust, if threatened, in the Mediterranean today
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Mobile pastoralism—A 10,000-year-old practice still robust, if threatened, in the Mediterranean today

Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean: Arguments and evidence for policy reform and its role in combating climate change presents over 100 arguments detailing the benefits of mobile pastoralism to biodiversity, carbon storage, wildfire prevention, climate change, food security and quality, traditional ecological knowledge, rural economies, tourism—to name a few. Continue reading

Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?
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Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?

Published by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, Environment Reports is a collaboration between an international group of scientists, writers, and designers to combine incisive narratives about environmental challenges, backed up by cutting-edge data. Food Matters, the first report, focuses on the sustainability of our global food system. The article below—Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?—is reproduced here by permission. Continue reading

Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink
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Beef cattle grazing on American rangelands—not feedlots—could be net carbon sink

A new research paper by Michigan State University scientists analyses the impacts of soil carbon sequestration on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in Midwestern USA beef finishing systems and finds that eEmissions from the multi-paddock grazing system were offset completely by soil carbon sequestration and that soil carbon sequestration from well-managed grazing may help to mitigate climate change. Continue reading

Variability in rainfall is increasing on global pastures important for food access and economies—Nature Climate Change
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Variability in rainfall is increasing on global pastures important for food access and economies—Nature Climate Change

We found that areas where livestock grazing is an important part of local food availability (Fig. 3, dark red) and economies (dark blue) experience the highest levels of CVP (coefficient of variation of precipitation). Continue reading

Can we sustainably meet the growing demand for meat in developing countries?—Yes, says Louise Fresco
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Can we sustainably meet the growing demand for meat in developing countries?—Yes, says Louise Fresco

The following argument for continuing to use livestock to use the planet’s full ecological potential is made by Louise Fresco, a Dutch writer and food and agricultural scientist specializing in sustainable tropical agriculture. President of the executive board of Wageningen University and Research, Fresco is a member of the World Food Prize Council of Advisors and holds many other distinguished appointments and honours. Continue reading

Index-based livestock insurance offers protection against lack of rainfall in Ethiopia’s southern Borena zone
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Index-based livestock insurance offers protection against lack of rainfall in Ethiopia’s southern Borena zone

Initially intended only as insurance against the death of livestock, the insurance scheme has evolved into a product to help pastoralists keep their animals alive, according to Masresha Taye, who coordinates the programme in Ethiopia for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Continue reading

Expanding livestock insurance coverage in Turkana—and across all of Kenya’s great dryland pastoral communities
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Expanding livestock insurance coverage in Turkana—and across all of Kenya’s great dryland pastoral communities

The following excerpts of an opinion piece were written by ILRI’s Andrew Mude and originally published by The Standard newspaper (Kenya): Insurance only way to guard against weather-gone-awry phenomenon, 28 Apr 2017. Continue reading