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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Almost every day, for the past ten years, illegal logging, timber poaching, charcoal-making and slash-and-burn farming have been reported in areas around the Ipo and Angat Dam watershed areas,' said the letter signed by Ochavo and groups like the Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc.
Heavy siltation is attributed to change in weather as well as illegal logging, kaingin or slash-and-burn farming practices.
To build on this, consumers and markets also need to send signals to companies that directly or indirectly support slash-and-burn farming.
In the Peruvian Amazon, most fires are set by people involved in 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.
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.
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.
Problems with deforestation in the Amazon are not new, but this study is one of the first to take a wider look at the causes, ranging from population growth to economic policies, pipeline construction, roads, power lines, an influx of multinational timber companies, slash-and-burn farming, ranching, mining, oil exploration, and many other issues.
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.