slash-and-burn


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slash-and-burn

1. Relating to an agricultural tactic in which forest or other vegetation cut down to the ground and burned, the land planted and cultivated with crops for a few years, then abandoned to allow the forest grow back. The slash-and-burn practice has become ever more frequent in this region, but with less and less areas being allowed to regrow the forests each year, there are concerns that the damage may become irreparable.
2. By extension, extremely and drastically destructive. Several of the country's biggest corporations have had to undergo slash-and-burn dismantlings of many of their offices in efforts to salvage their businesses.

slash and burn

 
1. Lit. of a farming technique where vegetation is cut down and burned before crops are planted. (Hyphenated before nominals.) The small farmers' slash-and-burn technique destroyed thousands of acres of forest.
2. Fig. of a crude and brash way of doing something. (Hyphenated before nominals.) The new manager's method was strictly slash and burn. He looks decisive to his boss and merciless to the people he fires.
See also: and, burn, slash
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Slash-and-burn agriculture was popular during the 1910-45 Japanese occupation.
Simple economics may offer a new approach for slash-and-burn agriculture, which if successful might also have relevance for similar environmental encroachments.
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Perhaps he could instruct his priests and lay-workers throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia to teach people to swap slash-and-burn for environmentally friendly farming.
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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.
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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. Slash-and-char uses low-intensity smoldering fires covered with dirt and straw, for example, which partially exclude oxygen.
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.