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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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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.