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How the Government Got in Your Backyard: Superweeds, Frankenfoods, Lawn Wars, and the Nonpartisian Truth About Environmental Politics

How the Government Got in Your Backyard: Superweeds, Frankenfoods, Lawn Wars, and the Nonpartisian Truth About Environmental Politics

Written by Jeff Gillman and Eric Heberlig

Narrated by Wes Bleed


How the Government Got in Your Backyard: Superweeds, Frankenfoods, Lawn Wars, and the Nonpartisian Truth About Environmental Politics

Written by Jeff Gillman and Eric Heberlig

Narrated by Wes Bleed

ratings:
3/5 (1 rating)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Feb 15, 2011
ISBN:
9781611200485
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.
Released:
Feb 15, 2011
ISBN:
9781611200485
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Jeff Gillman, PhD is director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and best-selling author of The Truth about Garden Remedies and Decoding Gardening Advice.


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    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.