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Commentary: A critical assessment of the policy endorsement for holistic management
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This commentary summarizes the evidence supporting holistic management (HM) and intensive rotational grazing (IRG) to demonstrate the extent to which Sherren and coauthors (2012) have overstated their policy endorsement of HM for rangeland application. Five major points are presented – distinction between HM and IRG, insufficient evaluation of the contradictory evidence, limitations of the experimental approach, additional costs associated with IRG, and heterogeneous capabilities and goals of graziers’ to manage intensive strategies – to justify why this policy endorsement is ill-advised. The vast majority of experimental evidence does not support claims of enhanced ecological benefits in IRG compared to other grazing strategies, including the capacity to increase storage of soil organic carbon.
David D. Briske
Andrew J. Ash
Justin D. Derner
USDA Scientist Submission
Agricultural systems March 2014 2014 March v.125
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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