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Regenerative Livestock

and Holistic Management

We have established the Savory Institute's first Hub in Mesoamerica, Suelos Vivos.

 

For decades, the Savory Institute has applied a holistic livestock management methodology that has improved soil health and its ability to sequester carbon, while increasing production.

 

Through the hub, we aim to train local ranchers to transform livestock production systems into carbon sinks.

 

The way livestock is currently managed has made the sector one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. There is an urgent need to transform the way livestock are managed to restore the capacity of soils to sequester carbon.

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Extensive conventional agriculture, based on agrochemicals, has been the main cause of the transgression of planetary boundaries. We must review our agricultural systems and redesign them to return to a model of reciprocity with the land.

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The planetary boundaries approach has identified 9 planetary boundaries, 4 of which have been crossed, putting the safe operating space for humanity at risk.

 

Biodiversity loss and fertilizer use are already at the high risk level.

 

Conventional industrial agriculture has been the main cause of the transgression of these planetary boundaries. By changing the way we produce our food we can reverse global changes and regenerate the conditions for life on the planet.

General Benefits

ECOLOGICAL

  • Reverse desertification.

  • Stop the transformation of land use for livestock management. 

  • Restore the health of the soil and its ability to capture carbon and retain water.

SOCIAL

ECONOMIC

  • Addresses the root of the conflict between environmentalists and ranchers.

  • It encourages a holistic vision among farmers that includes workers, communities and non-human beings in its decision making.

  • Increase in production per square meter.

  • Insertion in the economy of carbon credits.

  • Added value through the Land-to-market model.

CULTURAL

POLITICAL

SPIRITUAL

  • Aligns family and cultural heritage with nature and the well-being of the community.

  • Encourage holistic and intersectional thinking.

  • Consideration of the local culture for decision making.

  • It encourages alliances and collaborations between public and private entities.

  • Debunk the myths that reduce all meat production as bad for the environment.

  • It offers a viable and accessible solution to climate change based on nature.

  • It invites ranchers to get to know their ecosystems and attend to their needs, promoting a deeper understanding of their interconnectedness.

What we have achieved so far

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“Holistic livestock management represents a real and affordable solution to reverse the effects of climate change, as restoring soils is the best option we have to take carbon out of the atmosphere and sequester it underground. ”

 

— Eduard Müller (Founder and Rector of UCI)

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"Ultimately, the only wealth that can sustain any community, economy or nation is derived from the photosynthetic process: green plants growing in regenerating soil."

—Allan Savory