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

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

by Jeff Gillman, Eric Heberlig


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604690019
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/09/2011
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

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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UnderMyAppleTree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is no escaping government control. At times it seems as if the government has stepped into all aspects of our lives. Environmental issues have become a hot topic on how much or how little the government should be involved.The shear number of rules and regulations plus propaganda issuing from both the left and the right is enough to confuse most people. Public opinion has become polarized on environmental issues with contradicting information coming from each side. How The Government Got In Your Backyard sifts through the politics to get to the facts about these issues. It is a book without a political agenda. If you are seeking information from both points of view, you have come to the right place.The authors, Jeff Gillman, an associate professor of horticultural science, and Eric Heberlig, an associate professor of political science have thoroughly researched a multitude of important issues facing our environment today. Is organic food safer? Is it healthier? What about pesticides? Are they dangerous or is there a safe amount? How about fertilizer? Is it helping our farmers or polluting our water? Is genetic engineering safe? 60% of US foods have some type of genetic engineering and most people are unaware. They also delve into plant patents, local restrictions on plants and the hot button topic of global warming, is it man-made or natural.Arguments for each position, liberal and conservative, have been researched and presented in separate chapters. Opposing positions are presented as government `Policy Options¿ with a discussion for more or less regulation followed by a summary for `The Bottom Line¿. The authors are not going to give you answers, they are not going to tell you what to do, what is right or what is wrong. Instead they will give you information so that you can come to your own informed opinion.As a gardener I found the chapters on plant engineering, plant patents and invasive plants very informative. I had no idea that 99% of US crops are not native to America or that Dandelion and Crabgrass were imported as `crops¿. They escaped cultivation to become the weeds they are today, as are Kudzu, Thistle and Buckthorn.This book is timely, relevant and well researched. It reads more like a text book than a narrative and individual chapters can be read in any order. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about the environment.