EARTH FIRST! The Journal of Ecological Resistance Fall 2014: $6.50, printed, 8 ½” x 11”, 48 pgs.

Jul 27, 2015

I’ll be the first to admit that I agree with much of Earth First’s ideas. I’m one hundred percent behind resisting ecological destruction and look forward to reading Earth First whenever it is sent to me. One interesting article is about genetically engineered trees created companies like Monsanto and DuPont. This article serves more of a warning on what could happen. The article itself doesn’t refute GMO-science; instead, it relies upon an emotional argument and an anti-corporate message. There is one poignant section about the use of eucalyptus trees for pulp and I highly recommend reading this article just for the points made regarding eucalyptus trees. For instance, they state that the planting of GE (genetically engineered trees) only increases the efficiency and economic return of production, which does nothing to ensure conservation. “Managed plantations” have actually increased the rate of conversion of native forests and grasslands to industrial tree factories. In Hawaii, where I live, eucalyptus trees are an invasive species and are crowding out native trees. An especially well-written book review of Stephanie McMillan’s Capitalism Must Die, makes many well-reasoned arguments about the problems of communism, which, apparently, is the crux of McMillan’s book. I share similar concerns, especially with communism’s focus on the group rather than the individual. If you’re interested in reading about ecological resistance, Earth First magazine is a great place to begin. –Steve Hart (PO Box 964, Lake Worth, FL 33460)