Additional information — what the science says

The decreases in soil organic matter content due to inadequate agricultural practices throughout the world is undeniably a major contributor to the climatic crisis and has generated billion of tons of additional CO2 in the atmosphere. Agriculture is therefore often seen as a source of the problem when in fact any solution that fails to enrol it is bound to fail. Any strategy aiming to fight global warming must also aim to reduce the concentration of CO2 already in the atmosphere (the so called legacy load) and only agriculture, through photosynthesis, can accomplish this at the required scale. Yes, the intensive raising of confined herbivores that are specialised in the digestion of vegetal matter but are fattened against their nature with grain contributes significantly to global warming, but it is those animal husbandry and farming practices that we must condemn, not the herbivores. In fact, properly pasturing herbivores in natural environments in regions where no other forms of agriculture is possible because of topography, geology, the climate or other factors is potentially one of the most efficient methods of reducing the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. Even though the role that agriculture and animal husbandry must play in the fight against global warming might be less present in the media and in our collective consciousness, its potential has nonetheless been demonstrated in numerous publications by international, national and private organisations. Rather than redevelop these themes here with our limited resources we encourage you to discover and study those publications by yourselves. We suggest some readings below but there are many more so please do not hesitate to lead your own inquiries!


  • Tackling climate change through livestock, published by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. Download the PDF here
  • Putting carbon back where it belongs – the potential of carbon sequestration in the soil, published by the United Nations Environment Program.  Download the PDF here
  • Regenerative agriculture, an opportunity for business and society to restore degraded land in Africa, published by the Africa regenerative agriculture study group. Download the PDF here
  • Organic carbon in soils, meeting climate change and food security challenges, published by ADEME (Agence de L’Environement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie). Download the PDF here
  • For links to dozen of publications, documentaries and conferences covering all continents click here
  • The poster below uses a more visual approach to presents our project:

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