Holistic management, as described by Allan Savory in the books Holistic Resource Management (Island Press, 1988) and the revised edition, Holistic Management (Island Press, 2001), has been practiced by thousands of people around the world to profitably restore and promote the health of their land through practices that mimic nature, and by many others who have sought a more rewarding personal or family life. Holistic Management Handbook offers a detailed explanation of the planning procedures presented in those books and gives step-by-step guidance for implementing holistic management on a ranch or farm. Holistic Management and Holistic Management Handbook are essential reading for anyone involved with land management and stewardship, and together represent an indispensable guide for individuals interested in making better decisions within their organizations or in and aspect of their personal or professional lives. Jody Butterfield is a former journalist specializing in agriculture and the environment and cofounder of Holistic Management International. Sam Bingham is a Holistic Management Certified Educator and the author of five books and numerous articles. Allan Savory is a former wildlife biologist, farmer, and politician who left an international consulting practice to found Holistic Management International in 1984.
Savory has found the key to reversing desertification: restoring normal animal behavior on human-managed lands.
The book is long (500+ pages in small type) and with too much detail in the wrong places. Nevertheless it is a landmark book that demonstrates that by changing animal husbandry to biomimic evolutionary behavior, we can restore the soil we humans have inadvertantly ruined via our ignorance/arrogance.
He doesn't say it in the book (published in 1985), but such practices are arguably our best (easiest to implement at the lowest cost) method to reduce atmospheric carbon levels. No other plan also reverses desertification while allowing the earth to handle billions of more herbivores that themselves can feed billions of more humans.