The fight to reverse climate change is putting the animals in the crossfire. The purpose of this documentary is focused on showing the use of livestock for the regeneration of the pasture, the soil, the trees and the water. The good management of cattle is shown in a real way as a solution to the restoration of ecosystems and rural economies.

ganado o desierto - como surge



Arises as a collaboration between aleJAB (Together we can fix the biosphere. Node of the Institute Savory in the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa) and Visual Metaphor on the occasion of the tour iberian “Holistically” starring Allan Savory and organized by aleJAB and the Institute Savory during the month of June 2019.

The initial agreement was to record all the lectures, and visits to farms that Allan Savory, Jody Butterfield and Daniela Ibarra were going to perform and visit along the Iberian Peninsula.

As the tour progressed, the recording equipment Visual Metaphor was becoming more in awe of the methodology developed by Allan Savory: The Management is Holistic. Not just the interventions of Savory were interesting, but also those of Gustavo Alès (Ing. Agro-ecology), the Pedro and Juan Luis Dominguez (Farm New Worlds), the Manuel Díe (Defesinhas),..., among others, who were talking about their experiences and results of the Management is Holistic.


A documentary close, sincere, and above all necessary.

At the end of the tour, Francis Cowboy (Visual Metaphor), aleJAB and Gustavo Alès came to an agreement of collaboration and production to begin Livestock or Desert. The documentary there would be only about the tour Iberian Allan Savory, but that would show the excellent results of productive, economic and social that they are getting many ranchers and farmers that already apply to the handling holistic in Spain and Portugal.

And it's like after almost three years of work, with more than 20,000 km, about 50 hours of recording time between interviews and resources and a 1,200 hours of editing, the result has been a documentary close, sincere and above all that is necessary for farmers, ranchers, and the general public have knowledge of the animals and in particular the livestock is not only not harmful to the environment, but that are necessary to produce more grass, to hold more water, have more biodiversity, to produce quality meat, to improve the rural economy and consequently to improve the welfare and life of the people.