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The streams that flow through these plantations contain few fish. The variety of plants, animals, insects, and fungi is minimized. The floor of an old-growth forest is a lush carpet of vegetation; the floor of a tree plantation is almost barren by comparison. , so many board feet of standing timber), are “genetically improved” to allow for a lower rotation time and hence for profit maximization. 8 Such efficiency in the division of nature and human labor is accompanied, paradoxically, by the incorporation of useless inputs into the business process.
13 The ecological impact of petrochemical production can be better understood if we take into account the way in which this industry has positioned itself in relation to both agriculture and manufacturing. On the one hand, the petrochemical industry markets agricultural chemicals. On the other hand, it produces the synthetic products that compete with farm output. ”14 As Richard Lewontin, one of the world’s leading geneticists, who teaches in the Harvard School of Public Health, and Jean-Pierre Berlan, director of research at the French National Institute of Agronomic Research, have explained, there is an “increasing differentiation between farming and agriculture.
24. Commoner, Making Peace, pp. 10–11. 25. Haila and Levins, Humanity and Nature, p. 160. 26. Georgescu-Roegen, Entropy Law, p. 2; K. : Harvard University Press, 1971), p. 231. 27. Chandler Morse, “Environment, Economics and Socialism,” Monthly Review 30, no. 11 (April 1979): 12; Commoner, Making Peace, pp. 82–83; and The Poverty of Power (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976), p. 194. 28. Ford and DeLorean quoted in Commoner, Making Peace, pp. 80–81. 29. Robert Heilbroner, An Inquiry into the Human Prospect (New York: W.