Dating farmers ranchers country folk
There are standardized genetics, standardized feeds, standardized houses and the goal is to maximize output.By contrast pastoralism goes with the flow, it uses the resources that are available and it recycles nutrients into the soil.Scientific papers have made a stab at depicting this in numbers, but which policy maker reads them?I believe the most effective way of all is if pastoralist groups or communities themselves record and document what they do for humanity by making use of a tool called Biocultural Community Protocol.Pastoralists provide organic fertilizer, they steward livestock genetic diversity, they maintain wild biodiversity.
The problems of industrial livestock production – excess of nutrients accummulating in groundwater – are avoided.
Now, such “access” can only be provided if these genetic resources (i.e.
livestock breeds) and associated knowledge still exist – and without pastoralists managing them in-situ, they certainly will disappear.
One of these days, governments, international organizations and livestock scientists will listen!
Kenya’s camel population has been sky-rocketing in recent decades – from less than one million around the turn of the millennium to an estimated 3.1 million currently. Why does the Kenyan situation differ from that in India where camel numbers continue to plummet – despite protection as state animal of Rajasthan and the rescue efforts of animal welfare people?