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How the Government Got in Your Backyard: Superweeds, Frankenfoods, Lawn Wars, and the (Nonpartisan) Truth about Environmental Policiesby Jeff Gillman and Eric Heberlig
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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 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.
"Illuminates environmental confusion on a national scale and offers help in making the far-ranging debate easier to understand." Booklist
"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." SuchABookNerd.com
Book News Annotation:
Gillman (horticultural science, U. of Minnesota) and Heberlig (political science, U. of North Carolina Charlotte) ask: Is organic food really healthier or just more expensive? Is biotechnology really the wave of the future or a time bomb? They have more questions, and offer frequently unsettling answers as they try to get past the politics to give a scientific, non-partisan opinion on the truth behind environmental issues, from pesticides to alternative energy and global warming. It's 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. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jeff Gillman loathes advice that is given without concern for the consequences. He wrote a tell-all book after hearing self-proclaimed experts spouting things such as feeding syrup to plants, and lectures on a variety of topics including homebrewed remedies and organic pesticides.
Eric S. Heberlig is a tenured associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He is co-author of Classics in Congressional Politics and American Labor Unions in the Electoral Arena, and of journal articles on legislative, interest group, and electoral politics.
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