GENERAL DEFINITION OF THE TECHNIQUE EXPLOTATION OF OPEN AREAS IN THE FORESTS FOR FARMING

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GENERAL DEFINITION OF THE TECHNIQUE
Technique: EXPLOTATION OF OPEN AREAS IN THE FORESTS FOR FARMING

Definition characters description and diffusion

Forests provide large quantities of food and water resources and fodder and fertilizers for agriculture. They are also convenient to live in.

General characters description and diffusion

According to the usual meaning of words such as forest, agriculture, and town they are completely distinct from each other and meet similarly different needs: wood, food and housing. They correspond to specialized scientific systems: silviculture, agriculture, and town planning. Local knowledge does not make an artificial distinction within the world of plants between the forest supplying commercial wood and tilled land supplying food (Shiva, 1993). Forests provide large quantities of food and water resources and fodder and fertilizers for agriculture. They are also convenient to live in. The traditional town, in turn, integrates with agriculture by replacing the forest in desert areas, by collecting fertilizers produced by the inhabitants' organic waste and through its production of water collected on the roofs. The humus thus produced in the fields provides the colloidal material indespensible to build adobe towns. 

Advantages and sustainability

Use of fertilizer and humus prodcued in the forest and towns become part of the cycle whereby water colleced on roofs in the town is also used and plants from the forest provide food. Each action transitions into the next and this type of living is therefore sustainable. 

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TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE DATA

Technique
EXPLOTATION OF OPEN AREAS IN THE FORESTS FOR FARMING
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Cathegory
A - Silviculture, breeding, hunting and harvesting
Identification code
A5
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