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3.0 out of 5 stars A NEW LANGUAGE FOR TALKING ABOUT RELIGION AND POLITICS, May 10, 2008
This review is from: The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life (Hardcover)
This book has changed the way I talk to people about what was formerly lumped into "religion and politics". When we begin to talk about our individual values and how they might affect or effect the "common good", an intense conversation develops. And without the use of buzzwords, such as "god", "atheist", "democrat", "republican", we realize more clearly who we are personally and as a nation. For me, this is an important book for change at a basic level. By re-forming into today's terms, the great truths of yesteryear, Dacey has done us a real service. However, I gave it a 3 because Dacey's strangely arrogant and dismissive attitude toward those who do not accept GMO, American seed, or indeed, the premise that 'science' will feed the world, was so unlike the remainder of his book that it had to be written with an agenda in mind. The relentless push for control of the world's food supply with a monopoly on seed by Monsanto and others is well-documented so I can only conclude that Dacey is persuaded somehow (by his vegetarianism?) to be less than rigorous in his scholarship in this matter. With that caveat, I am recommending the book to everyone I know.
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Initial post: Jun 21, 2010 10:22:17 AM PDT
"...or indeed, the premise that 'science' will feed the world..."

Science IS feeding the world, right now. Without the modern, highly evolved technological advances in agronomy, there is no way the world could sustain as many people as it does -- right now. You might want to look up for instance:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Revolution

As for the future, either we stop multiplying like rabbits or we had better keep getting better and better at the mass production of food. This is just a fact of numbers, without even starting to touch on the pro and contra of GMO.
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