A strange new debate is going on around the idea of clear cutting for farm and graving land. The idea is by cutting down the jungle, you create opportunity in the future for new jungle. A story in the New York Times by Elisabeth Rosenthal, looks at this bizarre concept.
CHILIBRE, Panama — small holdings and much larger swaths of farmland — are reverting back to nature, as people abandon their land and move to the cities in search of better livings.
These new “secondary” forests are emerging in Latin America, Asia and other tropical regions at such a fast pace that the trend has set off a serious debate about whether saving primeval rain forest — an iconic environmental cause — may be less urgent than once thought. By one estimate, for every acre of rain forest cut down each year, more than 50 acres of new forest are growing in the tropics on land that was once farmed, logged or ravaged by natural disaster. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos