Nathanael Johnson in the magazine, Grist, "he didn't want anything to do with agriculture...He liked birds and wild things, not hulking domestic bovines that frequently met him on his own porch. So he got rid of the cattle in hopes of creating wilderness.
Jeff Creque, an ecologist that Wick had hired, suggested that the land
might be healthier if it were grazed. And indeed, after a couple years
of strictly controlled grazing, he saw a huge increase in wildlife. His
meadowlark population rose from five to over a hundred. Eagles showed
up. Predators moved in. As Wick spoke, a bobcat kitten appeared outside
the window and came gamboling toward the house."
have 3.5 billion hectares of grasslands [globally],” Wick said. “The
most conservative estimate shows that if we do this with 2.7 billion
hectares it would get atmospheric carbon down to 350” parts per million,
which is what global warming scientists ay we need to aim for. “There
is the capacity to do this while producing food, fuel and fiber. And
When domestic herbivores are grazed
in the right way, the vast grasslands of earth can sequester tremendous
amounts of carbon and create far more food for wildlife without needing
any chemical input like fertilizers or pesticides.
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