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Savory's unsubstantiated claims should not be confused with multipaddock grazing

David D. Briske, Brandon T. Bestelmeyer, Joel R. Brown
Rangelands 2014 v.36 no.1 pp. 39-42
carbon sinks, issues and policy, range management, rangelands, rotational grazing
The sole objective of our critique of Mr. Savory’s TED video published in Rangelands1 was to “fact check” a portion of the extraordinary claims that he had made relative to science based information. It is incumbent upon a professional discipline to evaluate the relevant evidence and potential viability of proposed management strategies and policies. Regrettably, Richard Teague’s response does not address any of Mr. Savory’s claims that we addressed in our critique—not all global rangelands are degraded, rangelands have a limited capacity to store carbon, and intensive rotational grazing is not necessary to prevent rangelands from degrading. Here we reiterate these last two points of our initial critique, then address the concerns presented by Teague, and conclude with comments regarding the future direction of grazing systems research.