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Allan Savory: the Only Viable (Human) Plan for Saving the Planet

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on April 1, 2012 by Dave

Allan Savory It has recently dawned on me that Planet Earth is in big trouble and needs saving. And much sooner than I ever dreamed before. And in ways I had not realized before. People have often asked me what I think about Global Warming and I have not known how to answer.  Now I do.  Yes, Global Warming is real, but the biggest problem is not burning of fossil fuels.  The biggest problem is man made desertification caused by tillage (think corn, soybeans and wheat in the US), range burning and improper grazing management.  As for man saving the planet, yes, I have read Revelation and I have always been aware that God himself will intervene on Planet Earth at some point. But we do not know when this will occur and Scripture also teaches us in James 1:27 that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” A simple question has recently occurred to me. How can we look after widows and orphans (and thus have true religion) if we destroy our farmland and rangeland and cannot feed ourselves? The answer: We cannot. By the way, if you don’t think we’re in trouble, then read this article LINK HERE. I first became aware of Allan Savory by reading Joel Salatin’s books and articles. Joel mentions him favorably and follows his methods (see Joel’s Mob Stocking article HERE) but I’ve never seen Joel sound the alarm bells about climate change and saving the planet as Allan does. I would highly recommend that anyone who cares about eating and about feeding your children and grandchildren should read Allan’s 20 page report found HERE. Then read Allan’s entire website link HERE. Well worth it. The good news is that there IS a solution. And Allan Savory has it. And others are catching on. Google Ian Mitchell-Innes, Joel Salatin, Greg Judy, Chad Peterson, Abe Collins, John Fullerton and the terms “mob stocking” and “mob grazing” and “brown revolution” for more information.  To summarize briefly, I have learned the following in the past year … (1) all the deserts of the world are man made including the Sahara due to overgrazing and tillage.  Joel Salatin writes of Homer (you know the Iliad and Odyssey guy?) reporting that he crossed N. Africa and never left the shade of a tree.    (2) desertification is increasing every year (think Texas this past year) due to continued overgrazing, tillage and range burning (3) the solution is really a simple concept – graze large herbivores (cattle, bison, etc) in large herds (mobs) on perennial grasses.  This will restore the entire ecosystem and cause it to rain more, water will be held on site, dry rivers and streams will run again, etc.  Counterintuitive but true.  Many people think cattle are destructive.  Yes, if they are mismanaged – i.e. the way most ranchers manage them today.  But they are just the opposite of destructive if managed according the the principles of Holistic Planned Grazing (HPG) (Google the terms above).  This system is already working.  There are 12 million hectares worldwide being managed this way already.  Yes, desertification CAN be reversed.  Mr. Savory says we have the money and the know how, we just need the collective will power (5) Prairie grasses with large herbivore herds grazing them in large mobs actually sequester far more carbon than trees ever could.  Joel points out that if all farms managed cattle like his farm (Joel uses HPG), we would easily sequester all the carbon ever produced from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.  He’s right.  (6) Thanks to Weston Price, we know that grass fed meat and milk and cheese are some of the best foods you can eat.  In fact, several remote cultures reported on by Price never brush their teeth, never see a dentist or a doctor, yet have perfect health and perfect teeth because they eat natural, unprocessed foods like these.  So the food products from this “Brown Revolution” will help solve the health care crisis as well as the Global Warming Crisis. (7) Political discussions about which presidential candidate will win seem irrelevant to me now that I understand the true magnitude of the global crisis facing us.  What difference does it make if a Democrat or Republican is in the White House if we cannot feed ourselves in 60 years?

Some might ask “Dave, aren’t we just supposed to be making disciples? Not worrying about saving the planet? God’s going to burn it up anyway, right?” Well it’s true we are to make disciples. I think personal evangelism is important. I go door knocking for my local church. But I think our evangelism is always more effective if we also try to meet people’s physical needs too. Often, meeting their physical needs gives us the opportunity to meet their spiritual needs. My good friend Jan Milton (who accompanied me to Guyana last year) illustrates this principle beautifully with his Operation Renewed Hope global ministry. He provides medical, dental and optical clinics, then holds evangelistic meetings and the response is tremendous. Jan is now trying to add agriculture to the mix of services offered in his ministry to people to meet physical needs. As for God burning the earth up, yes, He’s going to … but don’t forget about the Millenium … that 1000 year period when we will rule and reign with Christ on the earth. That will be a period of “Eden Restored” but until that time, we have been given dominion (Genesis 1:28) and I’m not aware of that mandate being revoked.


Farming Soil Could Run Out in 60 Years

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on April 1, 2012 by Dave

… in Britain … maybe 100 years in Europe according to a recent Telegraph story …

British farming soil could run out within 60 years, leading to a catastrophic food crisis and drastically higher prices for consumers, scientists warn. Fertile soil is being lost faster than it can be replenished and will eventually lead to the “topsoil bank” becoming empty, an Australian conference heard. Chronic soil mismanagement and over farming causing erosion, climate change and increasing populations were to blame for the dramatic global decline in suitable farming soil, scientists said. An estimated 75 billion tonnes of soil is lost annually with more than 80 per cent of the world’s farming land “moderately or severely eroded”, the Carbon Farming conference heard. A University of Sydney study, presented to the conference, found soil is being lost in China 57 times faster than it can be replaced through natural processes. In Europe that figure is 17 times, in America 10 times while five times as much soil is being lost in Australia.

Michigan DNR Gone Crazy Killing Pigs on Small Family Farms

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 29, 2012 by Dave

OK … my blood is boiling on this one …


Insane Michigan government announces plan to destroy ranch livestock based on hair color and arrest hundreds of ranchers as felons

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of

(NaturalNews) The state of Michigan is only days away from engaging in what can only be called true “animal genocide” — the mass murder of ranch animals based on the color of their hair. It’s all part of a shocking new “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) put in place by Michigan’sDepartment of Natural Resources(DNR). This Invasive Species Order suddenly and shockingly defines virtually all open-range pigs raised by small family farms to be illegal “invasive species,” and possession of just one of these animals is now a felony crime in Michigan, punishable by up to four years in prison.

The state has said it will “destroy” these pigs beginning in April, potentially byraiding local farms with government-issued rifles, then shooting the pig herds while arresting the members of the family and charging them with the “crime” of raising pigs with the wrong hair color. This may truly be a state-sponsored serial animal killing spree.


Apparently the factory pig farming industry has hired the mercenaries at the Michigan DNR to wipe our their competition – family farms!

Wow. This makes my blood boil!

Topsoil Disappearing Due to Agriculture

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 27, 2012 by Dave

The planet is getting skinned. While many worry about the potential consequences of atmospheric warming, a few experts are trying to call attention to another global crisis quietly taking place under our feet. Call it the thin brown line. Dirt. On average, the planet is covered with little more than 3 feet of topsoil — the shallow skin of nutrient-rich matter that sustains most of our food and appears to play a critical role in supporting life on Earth. “We’re losing more and more of it every day,” said David Montgomery, a geologist at the University of Washington. “The estimate is that we are now losing about 1 percent of our topsoil every year to erosion, most of this caused by agriculture.
Read more: … this article talks about no-till farming to slow down the loss, but what is needed is not a slowdown but a reversal – we need to build topsoil – quickly, and on a large scale.  And one of the few people I know who has a plan to do this is Joel Salatin.  He has grown something like 12″ of topsoil in about 40 years on his farm.  This article talks about 1-2″ of topsoil being grown naturally over hundreds of years.  This is way too slow and the author does not state how this even occurs, so I’m not at all sure it does occur.  If we want our great grandkids to have food to eat, we need to implement Joel’s soil building plan soon!  Here’s another article from the Telegraph in the UK …

Amazing Things I Learned in 2011

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 17, 2012 by Dave

I posted this on Facebook late last year, but I’m copying it to my blog so it is searchable by everyone.

1) The plow and the tiller are two of our greatest enemies. They are destroying our soil and hence, our ability to feed ourselves in the future.
2) The Native Americans (whom Europeans displaced with our guns and our plows) had a sustainable food system. We would be wise to rediscover many of their ways. Continue reading

Wallace, Contemporary of Darwin Rails Against Immunizations

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 17, 2012 by Dave

Many home schoolers that I know don’t immunize their kids. But did you know that when immunizations were first introduced in England, there were prominent scientists who spoke out against them? One such scientist was Alfred Russel Wallace, whose Theory of Natural Selection prompted Darwin to publish his own theory. Chapter 18 of his book “The Wonderful Century” is entitled “Vaccination a Delusion – It’s Penal Enforcement a Crime” … read it online for free here … LINK … quite an interesting read.

Germs, Disease, the Hygiene Hypothesis and Bechamp vs. Pasteur

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 17, 2012 by Dave

I have been re-reading Joel Salatin’s latest book “Folks, This Ain’t Normal” and a statement he makes in there (p. 300) really corrects our messed up thinking about “germs” and disease. He says

“The point is that if I, as a beef producer, don’t feed grain and silage to my animals, even if your steak has some E. coli on it, you won’t get sick. For decades on our farm we’ve treated ourselves to ice cream bars after processing chicken. We’ve never even washed our hands. Guts to ice cream. Yum. We’ve never even gotten sick.”

Wow. Read Joel’s books if you want to understand this “radical” thinking. In short, Joel has found the key to eliminating almost all disease (in both humans and animals) by eating and living in accordance with nature’s designs. I’m not kidding. It is now my studied opinion that we all would have been better off if Louis Pasteur had gone into shoe sales instead of microbiology and we had listened to his rival Bechamp instead. Pretty good Bechamp link HERE. “Germs” are not the bad guys. It is living contrary to nature’s patterns (God’s designs) that is the problem. What Bechamp tells us is that microbes (bacteria and viruses) mutate to harmful forms because of the bad environment in the body caused by eating unnatural foods. Also, Google Hygiene Hypothesis for information on how most city folks are just way too clean. Oprah is now getting on board this new (but really age old) “diet and lifestyle cures diseases” bandwagon. She highlights remote people groups who live to be 100 with virtually no sickness. Blue Zones You can also go to for articles and books. Also LINK HERE