Slash-and-Burn Farming

Slash-and-Burn Farming

 

a primitive farming system in which agricultural crops were raised for several years on land that had been cleared by the cutting and burning of trees. The land was abandoned when it became infertile and new land was developed. Natural vegetation restored fertility to the soil.

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To build on this, consumers and markets also need to send signals to companies that directly or indirectly support slash-and-burn farming.
Traditional slash-and-burn farming practices have steadily eroded their environment and way of life, creating a destructive cycle that decreases land productivity each year and pushes farmers to clear still more forest.
When farmers practice slash-and-burn farming in clearings, the half destroyed forests are proliferated by fires.
They focused not on nations, but on types of societies--hunter-gatherers such as those found in Africa and South America; horticulturalists, or small, low-tech slash-and-burn farming communities typical of South America, Africa, and Asia; pastoralists, the herders of East Africa and Central Asia; and land-owning farmers and peasants who use ploughs in India, pre-modern Europe, and parts of Africa.
Aa Deforestation for palm oil crops, which can also be refined into biofuel, has also triggered vast fires through slash-and-burn farming in Indonesia.
The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility to finance projects to curb slash-and-burn farming and other forms of forest degradation will begin soon in Vietnam, Madagascar and 23 other countries formally selected at the facility's first meeting in the United States in late October, the sources said.
Poverty also drives more and more Filipinos to resort to slash-and-burn farming, which destroys about 200,000 hectares of forests every year, according to the government.
Like other Central American countries, Belize is abandoning traditional slash-and-burn farming techniques--cultivating small plots of land for a few years and then letting them rest and recover--for the more modern practice of creating large clearings that are left fallow only briefly or not at all.
Viana hopes to offer Acre's peasants an alternative to slash-and-burn farming to ensure state forests will be around for future generations.
Each forest-dwelling Machiguenga family lives in near-isolation and subsists on slash-and-burn farming, hunting, foraging, and fishing.
While slash-and-burn farming has ravaged huge tracts of land in many of the hot spots identified in the tropics, California's government, foundations and nonprofit organizations have done a reasonably good job of managing the state's open spaces and of protecting the teeming life found in its vernal pools, riparian forests and coastal sage scrub, the scientists said.
That's the way it's been going on for centuries, slash-and-burn farming.