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Perevolotsky, A., Department ofNatural Resources, Agricultural Research Organisation, The Volcani Center, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan, 50250, Israel
Claims that goats overgraze the despoblados of Piura in northwestern Peru and induce severe depletion of resources were examined from biological and human perspectives. The validity of overgrazing reports in Piura is questioned. It has been suggested that in dry savanna, extensively managed livestock herding is not likely to cause long-term overgrazing. The response of the savanna to drought can be confused with that of severe grazing, thus making an overgrazing controversy more complex. Among the factors contributing to an anti-goat atmosphere are: cultural prejudice, scientific bias, resource-control politics, bureaucratic politics and socio-economic conflicts. Relevance of these aspects within the Piuran and Peruvian context is discussed. © 1991.
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Goats or scapegoats - the overgrazing controversy in Piura, Peru
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Perevolotsky, A., Department ofNatural Resources, Agricultural Research Organisation, The Volcani Center, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan, 50250, Israel
Goats or scapegoats - the overgrazing controversy in Piura, Peru
Claims that goats overgraze the despoblados of Piura in northwestern Peru and induce severe depletion of resources were examined from biological and human perspectives. The validity of overgrazing reports in Piura is questioned. It has been suggested that in dry savanna, extensively managed livestock herding is not likely to cause long-term overgrazing. The response of the savanna to drought can be confused with that of severe grazing, thus making an overgrazing controversy more complex. Among the factors contributing to an anti-goat atmosphere are: cultural prejudice, scientific bias, resource-control politics, bureaucratic politics and socio-economic conflicts. Relevance of these aspects within the Piuran and Peruvian context is discussed. © 1991.
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