Slash and Burn: Transforming Forest to Farmland. E.V. Catipon Dudash Dec. 2, 2008. Overview. Background Method of “Slash and Burn” Advantages and Disadvantages Currently around the World Future scenario with the collapse of the Amazon Rainforest Alternatives and Obstacles to Overcome.
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4. Results in Ash Fertilized Fields
In many cases, by the 4th consecutive crop planting, soil fertility has decreased by 50%
Extreme side effect of slashing and burning
eastern Amazon Basin of Brazil
mulch, which adds nutrients
than in the slash and burn
Slash and burn, an agriculture method that involves cutting down forests and setting fire to the remains in order to fertilize fields is a practice that should be outlawed. Previously, slash and burn was a practical solution for our ancestors. However, this practice can no longer be sustained due to the large numbers of farmers that use this method of farming and the amounts of CO2 released into the atmosphere. The impact it has on global warming should also not be discredited, as it may even accelerate the rate of global warming. However, there are several alternatives, such as agro-forestry and cut and mulch, as well as government involvement that could end this practice once and for all.