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Editorial: Grazing in Future Multi-Scapes: From Thoughtscapes to Landscapes, Creating Health From the Ground Up

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posted on 2024-04-16, 00:26 authored by P Gregorini, Iain GordonIain Gordon, C Kerven, FD Provenza
More than half the land surface of the Earth is used for grazing (United Nations General Assembly, 2022), with Asia at 36% and Africa at 30% of the total. About 91% of global grass- and range-lands are unfenced with few boundaries and limited crop farming (Reid et al., 2014). The remaining grass- and range-lands are privately owned and used, with 13% in North America, 10% in Australia and New Zealand, 8% in South America, and 3% in Europe; all with a mix of more intensive grazing and cultivated land. No wonder why across the world's landscapes, grazing and browsing herbivores—both wild and livestock—(be they within a spatial and temporal pastoral context, whether they naturally graze or are grazed by farmers, ranchers, shepherds, and nomadic peoples—all termed pastoralists), fulfill essential roles in driving the composition, structure, and dynamics of pastoral ecosystem. The provision of ecosystem services, including social, economic, and cultural benefits to families, farms, and communities, is accordingly impacted (Gregorini, 2015).

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Volume

6

Start Page

1

End Page

5

Number of Pages

5

eISSN

2571-581X

Publisher

Frontiers Media SA

Additional Rights

CC BY

Peer Reviewed

  • No

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2022-05-09

Era Eligible

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Journal

Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

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