Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories that portray different methods of grazing around the world. In India, allowing land time to recover and restore itself has resulted in farmers being able to adjust to climate change and still make a living. Changing the way cows graze and the food they eat can reduce bovine greenhouse gas emissions, and in Colombia, some farmers are reducing pasture land while increasing their cattle numbers through this more eco-friendly farming system. An alliance between ranchers and conservationists in Oregon has used sustainable grazing practices to maintain biodiversity in a prairie reserve. In Nashville, a technique called targeted grazing is helping preserve wildlife, and in South Dakota, one ranch has restored over 90 percent of its land to native vegetation by following a method called holistic range management.
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Managed grazing techniques "improve soil health, carbon sequestration, water retention, and forage productivity," according to Project Drawdown. The three sustainable grazing strategies are: improved continuous grazing, rational grazing rotations, and adaptive multi-paddock grazing (which gives land more time to recover). As cattle consume grass, disturb the soil with their hooves, and deposit manure as fertilizer, the land absorbs carbon and the health of the soil is maintained. Consequently, Project Drawdown considers managed grazing among the most impactful solutions for combating climate change.