Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 10PM Tue 27 September 2011

Slash-and-burn farming generates more carbon emissions than all air and road travel combined. It's one of the biggest contributors to deforestation and global warming.

British scientist Mike Hands thinks he has a sustainable alternative for farming in equatorial rainforests. It's taken him 25 years to develop. But can impoverished farmers afford to risk adopting a new farming method, and can Mike convince governments and agencies to back his plans?

Filmed over four years, with Mike and Honduran farmers Faustino and Aladino, Up in Smoke addresses one of the most urgent issues facing humanity.

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A British scientist is attempting to convince farmers and the authorities to adopt his revolutionary alternative to slash-and-burn farming