Who Are These Ecoterrorists?

Recently an article appeared with the headline: “Ecoterrorism? GMO Papaya Trees Cut Down on Big Island.” As could be expected, diverse comments appeared below the story, the first from a paid spokesperson for conventional monocultural agriculture and the GMO lobby, who accused “these people” (GMO opponents) of being responsible for the vandalism.

Big Island GMO opponents are largely senior citizens, for whom getting out to testify at a County Council meeting is a pretty exciting day - hardly the types likely to creep under cover of darkness, wielding machetes. In fact, the very idea that the GMO opponents are the ones behind the vandalism is absurd to the point of being amusing.

I pondered this exciting new word "ecoterrorism," and who first used it.

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