These Farmers Slash and Burn Forests—But in a Good Way

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The villagers of Hin Lad Nai, an indigenous Karen settlement in the Chiang Rai province of northern Thailand, practice “shifting cultivation,” an age-old and worldwide practice of clearing patches of forest to plant crops for a few seasons, then letting the woods return. It’s also called “swidden agriculture.”

“Hin Lad Nai forest has remained remarkably healthy, despite centuries of shifting cultivation,” says Prasert Trakansuphakon, a Thai social scientist and Karen himself who has worked with the village for years.  “And, at a time when numbers of honeybees are declining worldwide, local wild bees are thriving.”

source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/160303-thailand-farmers-slash-and-burn-forests-climate-environment/

photo: Gleb Raygorodetsky

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