Humans are children of the savannas – grassy plains dotted with trees and shrubs – not the woodlands. Grasslands are the largest ecosystems in the world. The proportion of the earth's land area covered by grasslands is estimated at 3.5 billion hectares (8.6 billion acres), representing 26% of the world land area and 70% of the world agricultural area. Grasslands remain vital to humans. Approximately 1/3 of the world’s meat supply comes from ruminants – herbivorous animals capable of pre-gastric fermentation. Understanding the ecological fundamentals of pastures and grasslands permits an informed discussion of a wider adoption of a paleo/primal way of eating.
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