Role of Silvopasturing in "Saving the Planet"

Thanks to Erica Campbell from Senator Sander's office for sharing with our "Northeast Silvopasture Initiative" group...

Silvopasture is listed as a TOP TEN solution to climate change, according Paul Hawken’s new book Drilldown. It beats rooftop solar, off-shore wind, mass transit and 91 other solutions!

(Brett's comment: I'm just impressed that a book author even knows what silvopasturing is!)

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From the "Morning Ag Clips".  My first reaction was why the Brazilians are utilizing more silvopasturing?  Having seen similar large-scale land clearing occur in northern Argentina in the early 2000's, my guess is that it's simply more economical to clear everything in the pasture conversion process than to selectively leave trees.  When a change in the country's currency made it very feasible to clear land for row crop production in the Chaco Region of northern Argentina starting around 2002, the standard method was to drag a chain a few feet below the soil surface between two massive bulldozers.  This would sever the tap roots and make large trees (in this case, mostly species of Prosopis, or "Mesquite") easier to push out and pile in large windrows for later burning.  the process took about two years from initial clearing to planting. 

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