Slash and burn farming is an environmental catastrophe. We follow scientist Mark Hands and his struggle to break the devastating cycle in Honduras.
Around 250 million domestic tropical farmers use the technique that gives a year’s fertile soil, which then washes away with the next year’s rains, perpetually forcing growers into fresh rainforest. Deforestation accounts for more carbon emissions than all international transport, and slash-and-burn accounts for around half of that. But there is an answer.
Cornish scientist Mike Hands has been working with a sustainable solution in Honduras for the past 20 years. We follow his struggle to break the devastating cycle and challenge international agricultural agencies.