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  1. Slash-and-burn

    Slash-and-burn is an agricultural technique which involves cutting and burning of forests or woodlands to create fields. It is subsistence agriculture that typically uses little technology or other tools. It is typically part of shifting cultivation agriculture, and of transhumance livestock herding. Older English terms for slash-and-burn include assarting, swidden, and fire-fallow cultivation. Today the term "slash-and-burn" is mainly associated with tropical rain forests. Slash-and-burn techniques are used by between 200 and 500 million people worldwide. In 2004 it was estimated that, in Brazil alone, 500,000 small farmers were each clearing an average of one hectare of forest per year. The technique is not sustainable beyond a certain population density because, without the trees, the soil quality soon becomes too poor to support crops. The farmers have to move on to a virgin forest and repeat the process. Methods such as Inga alley farming have been proposed as an alternative to this ecological destruction.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slash-and-burn in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slash-and-burn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Finance Minister Joe Ceci:

    The first option is to slash and burn vital programs that Alberta families count on, and that's the wrong path, instead we will carefully maintain spending, ensuring we are spending every tax dollar wisely while helping Albertans weather this storm.

  2. Nikki Haley:

    I don't believe in the slash-and-burn approach. You know, as a governor you could never do that. That's not effective, i do think there are times where you can withhold dues. I don't think you should slash and cut across-the-board because I don't think that will accomplish the goal.

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