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Guardian debate on sustainability impacts of livestock grazing

In a debate between George Monbiot and L hunter Lovins in The Guardian, the issue of impacts and evidence of livestock grazing is discussed. Monbiots article “Eat more meat and save the world: the latest implausible farming miracle” can be found here while L. Hunter Lovins’ article “Why George Monbiot is wrong: grazing livestock can save the world” can be read here.

Monbiot argues that there is a lack of evidence to support Allan Savory’s theory that increasing livestock can reduce desertification and reverse climate change while Hunter Lovins disagrees.

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Read more on the sustainability of grazing livestock on our website here.

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