“Kaingin” is a cebuano word commonly used to refer to slash and burn farming, although Filipinos argue the word is misunderstood by outsiders and actually can refer to several types of hill farming. Many people argue that it is the cause of deforestation in the Philippines, and that may be the case now. Originally though the tribes who used “kaingin” cut trees and burned them to make way for temporary fields that would later sit unused so that the land could recuperate. During regeneration, trees would reappear since the seeds had not been damaged during the fires. The problem today is that land is more scarce, so people have used kaingin to create permanent farming land, cutting out the regeneration time in which the trees would grow again.
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