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slash-and-burn

(slăsh′ənd-bûrn′)
adj.
1. Of or being a form of agriculture in which an area of forest is cleared by cutting and burning and is then planted, usually for several seasons, before being left to return to forest.
2. Drastic or destructive: "The past few years of painful, slash-and-burn expense cutting have made top brokerage executives reluctant to revert to their former, profligate ways" (David Henry).

slash-and-burn

adj
(Agriculture) denoting a short-term method of cultivation in which land is cleared by destroying and burning trees and other vegetation for temporary agricultural use

slash′-and-burn′



adj.
1. of or noting a method of agriculture in the tropics in which vegetation is felled and burned, the land is cultivated for a few years, then abandoned to the forest.
2. unnecessarily destructive or extreme.
[1935–40]
Translations

slash-and-burn

adj slash-and-burn farmingBrandrodung f
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Over centuries, they had decimated their highlands, so in the 50s and 60s, they migrated to the lowland rainforest and did the same through slash-and-burn agriculture.
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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.
Each year, uncontrolled slash-and-burn practices by farmers, plantation owners and loggers on the Indonesian islands send a smoky haze to Singapore, Malaysia and southern Thailand.
Documentarian Tony Palmer's slash-and-burn, tell-all style yields a Margot Fonteyn whose accomplishment as the world's most famous ballerina was bought at the price of considerable personal anguish.
Johannes Lehmann, assistant professor of biogeochemistry in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University, says the super-fertile soil was produced thousands of years ago by indigenous populations using slash-and-char methods instead of slash-and-burn.
If some of today's Amazonian farmers were to use smoldering fires to produce dark earth rather than clear fields with common slash-and-burn methods, they "would not only dramatically improve soil and increase crop production but also could provide a long-term sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide," says Lehmann.
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere also are rising, fed by, among other things, the increasing fossil-fuel use in the United States and other countries, slash-and-burn agriculture ill places like Indonesia and Brazil, increasing wildfires, as well as rapid industrialization using dirty coal in China and India.