The only evidence of any opposition to Savory is a quote from me: "There's no such thing as a beef-eating environmentalist." But this assessment is immediately followed by Savory saying, "Every time some scientific insight has come about that is counterintuitive or that goes against the beliefs of society you always get this behavior."
And that's it.
What's missing in so much of the Savory coverage is evidence. Had the reporter, Stett Holbrook, consulted with established environmental scientists, rather than act as a stenographer for Savory's propaganda, he would have had a very different story to tell. That story, in part, is elaborated in the critique I did of Savory in April 2013 in Slate, a version of which follows.
In addition to my story, I'd urge readers and journalists to see this piece, and this, as evidence that Savory's fantasyland would be a hellscape.
Why Savory is Wrong
When Allan Savory finished his TED talk early last month, foodies worldwide collectively salivated. In roughly 22 minutes, Savory, a biologist and former member of the Rhodesian Parliament, challenged the conventional wisdom blaming livestock for the degradation of global grasslands into hardpan deserts. It has long been a basic tenet of environmentalism that 10,000 years of overgrazing has caused this desertification. Environmentalists insist that to restore degraded landscapes, we must reduce the presence of cattle, eat less meat, and allow ecosystems to repair themselves. Savory, who admits that he's suggesting "the unthinkable," wants humans to do the exact opposite: Add cattle to the deserts, manage them with obsessive precision, and eat more meat. Most of the world's land, he says (at about 18:40), "can only feed people with animals."