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How the Government Got in Your Backyard: Superweeds, Frankenfoods, Lawn Wars, and the (Nonpartisan) Truth About Environmental Policies

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Biotechnology — the future or a genetic time bomb? Renewable fuels — the key to cleaner air or just corporate welfare? Greenhouse gasses — baking the earth to death or just a needless worry? Plant patents — improving gardens and farms or just profiteering? When you stop to think about it, the government has its hand in every important environmental issue. And with the left and the right raucously disagreeing about whether the government’s policies are for good or for evil, it’s ...

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Overview

Biotechnology — the future or a genetic time bomb? Renewable fuels — the key to cleaner air or just corporate welfare? Greenhouse gasses — baking the earth to death or just a needless worry? Plant patents — improving gardens and farms or just profiteering? When you stop to think about it, the government has its hand in every important environmental issue. And with the left and the right raucously disagreeing about whether the government’s policies are for good or for evil, it’s impossible for a concerned citizen to know what to think.

How the Government Got in Your Backyard distills the science, the politics, and the unbiased, nonpartisan truth behind hot-button environmental issues from pesticides to global warming. By clearly representing what the left says, what the right says, what the science is, and what the facts are, Gillman and Heberlig don’t set out to provide the answer — they light the path so concerned citizens can uncover their own true and informed opinion. In this season of political discontent, the unbiased truth about environmental policies — free of political agendas — is as refreshing as it is fascinating.

How the Government Got in Your Backyard is not for Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives. It’s for anyone who is ready to get to the bottom line.

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Editorial Reviews

East Oregonian
“This book condenses the facts in an accessible manner and poses both sides of the debate without preaching either way.”
Booklist
“Illuminates environmental confusion on a national scale and offers help in making the far-ranging debate easier to understand.”
The Packer
"If government issues relating to produce draw your attention, this book may help broaden your thinking."
Amy Stewart

"Freakonomics for the gardening set---a must-read for anyone concerned with making our planet a safer place to live.”

SuchABookNerd.com
"Freakonomics for the gardening set—-a must-read for anyone concerned with making our planet a safer place to live.”
Reference and Research Book News
"Gillman and Heberlig are a horticulturist and a political scientist respectively, and their unique angles allow them to open these issues to the regular folks like me."
East Oregonian - Amy Stewart
“This book condenses the facts in an accessible manner and poses both sides of the debate without preaching either way.”
From the Publisher
“A lively read for a broad audience, from political activists and policymakers to gardeners and anyone who simply wants to know more about these important issues.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604690019
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/9/2011
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Gillman is an associate professor in the department of horticultural science at the University of Minnesota, where he researches plant production and teaches courses on nursery management and pesticide use. He earned his doctorate in horticulture and a master's degree in entomology from the University of Georgia.

Eric S. Heberlig is a tenured associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is co-author of Classics inCongressional Politics and American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena, and of journal articles on legislative, interest group, and electoral politics.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction 11

1 Science, Political Science, and the Science of Politics 20

2 Organic Food: Safer, Friendlier, Better? 34

3 Pesticides: How Dangerous Is Dangerous? 56

4 Fertilizers: Good for the Crops, Bad for the Water? 81

5 Alternative Energy: Is Ethanol Overrated? 98

6 Genetic Engineering: A Time Bomb Waiting to Explode? 114

7 Plant Patents: Protecting Plants or Profiteering? 134

8 Invasive Plants: Kill the Aliens? 150

9 Legal and Illegal Plants: Why Are the Bad Guys Bad? 169

10 Local Restrictions: Is Your Backyard Really Yours? 184

11 Global Warming: Natural or Man-made? 196

12 Conclusions: Balancing Nature and Politics 217

Notes 220

Bibliography 228

Index 245

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