In this book Vandermeer discusses the many problems that have gone on in the rain forests. The author analyzes the rain forest by conducting case studies in many countries such as Central America, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. He points out that there has been a movement towards deforestation. Also, he talks about the “web of casualty” which explains the reasons why farmers clear the rain forest. They do this mainly for agricultural purposes so they can grow more food as well as use the food grown to trade and make money. Vandermeer goes on discussing the reasons why farmers should not do this. Not only that but talks about how the rain forests need to be left alone and are not to be messed with in order to survive. Not only that but political action needs to be taken place in order to keep the rain forests safe.