"All of us have been guilty in the past of contributing to social, economic, and environmental problems by the lifestyles we have adopted and the purchases we have made and can begin to make changes to rectify this. Those engaged in sunlight-harvesting businesses, such as ranching, farming, fishing, timber, or wildlife production, carry a much bigger burden than the rest of us, however, because in making a profit, they have the ability to enhance or diminish the biological capital that sustains us all. That ability has now become a responsibility that people who make a living directly from the soil or the seas have no choice but to accept.
The bill for decades of treating their businesses as industries independent of nature has come due in the form of lost or lifeless soil and water."
~ Allan Savory - biologist, farmer, environmentalist, educator and the designer of the Holistic Management framework.
Holistic Management is a decision-making framework that helps people to achieve the quality of life they seek and secure healthy environments to ensure continued production of key resources including ecosystem services for themselves, for their communities and for future generations. Allan is the winner of the 2003 Banksia International Award and the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
Ecosystem services are goods and services provided by nature. They result from complex combinations of diverse types and combinations of plants and animals, soils, oceans and microbes acting in concert with natural forces and systems. They produce food, fibre, fuel, clean air and clean water, they regulate climate and disease, they support nutrient cycles and crop pollination and provide places that are comfortable and peaceful to live and play in.