Savoy: Perhaps Not Right

by hailtothenihilist

I was rather compelled by Allan Savoy’s TED Talk on “holistic livestock management” until my critical mind got the better of me. The discussion surrounding this talk would suggest that Savoy may have stumbled upon the silver bullet. This was evident when a collective sigh of relief was exhaled by–some of–the Twitter-savvy animal agriculture community. “Finally” they exuded “a public voice that can convinced the mainstream that cows aren’t bad for the environment”. One would have thought that his theory was squeaky clean and envied by the wider scientific community. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. The talk and theory have received much criticism and Savoy has little support in the scientific community. In reviewing articles about Savoy’s theory, TerraTendo found:

– It has failed to convince many mainstream scientists of its truth.
– Much of it is not based on experiments that can be reproduced by others.
– It comes from an overconfident fringe expert.
– It uses imprecise vocabulary to form untested theories.

Mathematician, Adam Merberg, also offers a review of the literature here.

So where am I on this? Reading the literature on both sides of the fence still. I’m glad I pulled myself up on this. I almost fell for it.