March 8th, 2019
At this Log Lunch, Judith Schwartz gave a lecture on the research she’s been doing as a freelance writer and journalist. Her most recent book, Cows Save the Planet, is about soil, in short. But it is also about busting environmental myths, like the common argument that cows are bad for the environment due to the greenhouse gas emissions involved in agriculture and grazing.
The fact of the matter is that only 9% of greenhouse emissions can be attributed to agriculture, and there are many aspects of livestock that can actually help the planet. Judith spoke about holistic planned grazing, developed by Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean ecologist.
“Grasslands and grazing animals coevolve,” said Judith. She spent 8 days with Savory in Zimbabwe, seeing for herself the potential for agriculture and the environment to work in symbiosis. This research inspired her upcoming book, on the ecosystem restoration movement and regenerative agriculture.
—Jane Tekin ’19