Bibliography: Yin Shaoting


People and Forests

Yunnan Swidden Agriculture in Human-Ecological Perspective


Slash-and-burn agriculture is commonly seen as a most destructive form of farming. Yet, if it is so destructive, why have humans survived for thousands of years with it, while modern intensive farming is threatening to destroy earth within a few hundred years? This book restores swidden agriculture to it status as the most appropriate farming method in the mountains by analyzing the techiques of the hill-farmers to minimize their impact on the environment.