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SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT OF HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT

At the Savory Institute, we are firm believers in the collection of evidence to support land management decisions. With over 40 years of Holistic Management being used to regenerate grasslands, there is far more supporting evidence than we can keep track of!

That said, we try our best, so we maintain a scientific portfolio of peer-reviewed journal articles, white papers, reports, and case studies. Below are a few journal articles for you to explore:


Teague, 2011

Compared carbon sequestration rates between neighboring properties in Texas practicing Holistic Management, light continuous grazing, heavy continuous grazing, and full rest. Among other positive results, soil organic matter was highest on the Holistic Management properties, which sequestered 3 tons more carbon/hectare/year compared to the heavy continuous grazing properties.

Weber, 2011

Looked at various studies involving desertification on lands managed by pastoralists, concluding that although grazing can lead to desertification, management that focuses on animal impact and duration of grazing periods can improve rangelands and help resolve desertification.

Teague, 2016

Analyzed the literature to determine greenhouse gas effects of key agricultural practices, finding that regenerative management of livestock (Holistic Management) "not only reduces overall GHG emissions, but also facilitates provision of essential ecosystem services, increases soil carbon sequestration, and reduces environmental damage."

Stinner, 1997

Interviewed ranchers using Holistic Management. Ninety-five percent reported an increase in biodiversity, 80 percent reported an increase in profits, and 91 percent reported improvements in quality of life. All reported that biodiversity is now an important consideration in managing their land, whereas only 9 percent felt so prior to exposure to Holistic Management.

Ferguson, 2013

Compared the sustainability of 18 conventional and 7 holistic, dual-purpose ranches in Mexico, finding that the ranches managing holistically had greater yield ratios, higher soil respiration, deeper topsoil, and increased earthworm presence. The authors conclude that "Holistic Management strategies are leading to greater ecological and economic sustainability."

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