We've compiled some of our favorite resources for you to dig in and learn more about Holistic Management and the Savory Global Network.

Below are a just few of the many peer-reviewed journal articles in our science library that detail the positive effects of Holistic Management and other related research.

  • Stanley 2018 – This paper conducts a lifecycle assessment, including direct measure of carbon flux, on various livestock finishing systems and shows that properly-managed livestock create an ecosystem that is a net carbon sink instead of net carbon emitter.
  • Teague 2017 – This paper is an overarching discussion on various types of grazing management and the potential for proper (holistic) management to regenerate ecosystem function and grazingland livelihoods. It also dives into the shortcomings of most grazing research that reduces whole ecosystem complexities into individual factors.
  • Teague 2016 – Properly-managed grazing, if applied on 25% of our crop and grasslands, would mitigate the entire carbon footprint of North American agriculture.
  • Rowntree 2016“From this data, we conclude that well-managed grazing and grass-finishing systems in environmentally appropriate settings can positively contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of beef cattle, while lowering overall atmospheric CO2 concentrations.”
  • Peters 2016 – This study modeled human carrying capacity under ten diet scenarios. Even though carrying capacity was generally higher for diets with less meat (likely due to modeling being based of feedlot stats and the cropland needed to grow the feed), “the carrying capacity of the vegan diet was lower than two of the healthy omnivore diet scenarios.”
  • Machmuller 2015“Farms accumulated C at 8.0 Mg ha−1 yr−1, increasing cation exchange and water holding capacity by 95% and 34%, respectively. Thus, within a decade of management-intensive grazing practices soil C levels returned to those of native forest soils, and likely decreased fertilizer and irrigation demands. Emerging land uses, such as management-intensive grazing, may offer a rare win–win strategy combining profitable food production with rapid improvement of soil quality and short-term climate mitigation through soil C-accumulation.”
  • Herrero 2011 – This paper specifically calls out the often quoted but incorrect stat that 51% of GHG emissions are from livestock. Actual number is closer to 15%, but it’s important to remember that these numbers are derived from industrial livestock production methods. Papers above from Richard Teague and Paige Stanley show an alternative approach whereby properly-managed livestock can regenerate grassland ecosystems and sequester carbon.


• Allan Savory’s TED Talk

• One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts

• The Soil Story – available in multiple languages

• Soil Carbon Cowboys


Link to before/after album

• Holistic Management – The 3rd and latest edition of the seminal work from Allan Savory and wife Jody Butterfield.

• Holistic Management Handbook – Take the guesswork out of your planning by following along in this step-by-step guide.

• Defending Beef

• Cows Save the Planet

• Water in Plain Sight

• The Soil Will Save Us

• Call of the Reed Warbler

• Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

• For the Love of Land

• Kiss the Ground


• Anadolu Mera by the Savory Turkey Hub (coming soon)

• The Meatcast by EPIC Provisions

• Down to Earth by Quivira Coalition

• Regeneration Rising by PastureMap

• Sustainable Dish by Diana Rodgers

• Sourcing Matters by Aaron Niederhelman


Specific episodes:

• Meatcast ep.5 w/ Chris Kerston

• Mountain & Prairie w/ Jim Howell of Grasslands LLC (parts 1 & 2)

• Wise Traditions ep.32 w/ Allan Savory

• #RegrariansTALK 8 w/ Daniela Howell (Savory CEO)

• Planet Money ep.XX w/ Will Harris of White Oak Pastures

• Biohackers Lab ep.63: Using Grassfed Animals for Desert Greening (Success Story)

• Sustainable Dish ep.4 w/ Chris Kerston


Grazing planning tools:

  • PastureMap
  • Maia Grazing
  • FarmOS

Global soil carbon estimates:

  • QuickCarbon
  • etc.



Below is a list of partner organizations doing great work that compliments that of the Savory Institute and the Savory Global Network.

• Grasslands LLC – management arm of Savory Institute

• nRhythm – Holistic Management principles for managing organizations

• Kiss the Ground – consumer education

• Regeneration International – multi-stakeholder consortium

• Regen.Network – blockchain payments for ecosystem services

• Nori – blockchain for carbon credits

• Propagate Ventures – agroforestry

• Fair Fashion Centre


These groups offer training in other aspects of regenerative land management.

• Regrarians

• Keyline Design

• Permaculture Institute

• Soil Health Academy

• Savory Institute’s Science Library – journal articles, whitepapers, before/after photos, & fast facts

• Evidence supporting Holistic Management – comprehensive list of evidence by Sheldon Frith

• Defending Beef’s Issuu page – viewable journal articles and whitepapers in their entirety

• Defending Beef’s Pinterest page – compilation of articles and videos – organized by topic

• Kiss the Ground’s resource library

• Regeneration International’s resource library

• – regenerative news

Have a suggestion for a resource not included above? Let us know.

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