Slash and Burn agriculture By: Valeria Bernabeu, Arturo Le Metayer, Luís Blanco & Adrián Vicente

Local anD global effects
  • Local- mass deforestation, loss of habitat, loss of species, increase in accidental fire's rate, soil erosion, water contamination and dust clouds.
  • Global- mass explosion of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Contributes to global warming and increase in air pollution.
Where is this happening?

This technique is often used in LEDC's such as Indonesia or other countries mostly in South-Eastern Asia, as this is the most profitable way to clean up the environment for crop farming.

Despite of the promise of Indonesian government they still continue to use this technique. This technique quickly disappeared during the introduction of market agriculture, however, in South Asia (this zone includes countries such as India) they have not yet adopted this practice. Villages that exist, for example, in Asia replant the trees to try to fix the environmental hazard. However, this technique of slash and burn is killing many forests, one of them being, for example, the Amazonas.

MEDC's have the right to criticise the farming technique?

We think that MEDC's should both have the right and not have the right to criticise other LEDC's that use slash and burn agriculture as a method of substantial farming. We think so as MEDC's should only criticise other countries if they first admit that they are the ones to blame, as these other countries are just trying to imitate the agricultural system the MEDC's used beforehand, as they got more economically enveloped by using this system.



Created with images by Paul Albertella - "Slash and burn" • eutrophication&hypoxia - "Deforestation"

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