A widely used short term method of growing food in which wild or forested land is clear cut and any remaining vegetation burned, resulting in deforestation; loss of habitat and species; an increase in air pollution and the release of carbon into the atmosphere; and an increase in accidental fires; significant soil erosion and accompanying landslides, water contamination, and/or dust clouds.
slash and burn
adapted from http://www.ecologic.org/actions-issues/challenges/slash-burn-agriculture/
Figure 11: A large hill that has been cleared using slash and burn techniques in north-eastern
Myanmar. Slash-and-burn is an exceedingly destructive method used to clear forests for agriculture.
Slash and burn is a major driver of the loss of biodiversity on earth.[fn][[nid:1949]][/fn]