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Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution?

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Pesticides and preservatives can be dangerous in excessive quality, but is the world's growing phobia putting it at odds with the benefits they bring? Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution? outlines the concern with modern farming about the paranoia surrounding food safety and how too much regulation of chemicals could lead to unforeseen problems in the future of the world's food supply. Arguing for more consistent testing of pesticides and their effects on food, stating that some are banned when they pass the test clearly, Crop Chemophobia provides quite the insight on this major issue, highly recommended. (Midwest Book Review)

Science gathers objective information that is synthesized into verifiable knowledge, which is useful in predicting the probability of occurrence of particular outcomes under given sets of conditions. It is a valuable, if not the primary, resource that can narrow the uncertainty associated with various decision options arising in the course of human affairs. This book focuses on the use of the numerous herbicides and pesticides employed to protect the food supply and the associated concerns about introducing these chemicals into the environment. According to the editor and chapter authors, the emergence of the "precautionary principle" as a primary means for informing decisions fails to make sufficient use of science to form and implement public policy affecting production agriculture, human health, food security, world trade, etc. Science does not provide absolute certainty for anything, but inserting a Chicken Little or bogeyman approach as the best "better safe than sorry" way to address problems can pose even larger problems. This book presents the complex interplay among science, economics, environmental concerns, provincial interests, law, and politics in conducting human affairs, primarily from a science perspective. How these issues are addressed will affect everyone's quality of life. This work will help to inform the debate within and among societies worldwide. Recommended. All levels/libraries. (July 2011 CHOICE)

Crop Chemophobia offers a science-based consideration of the impact of agricultural technology and highlights the need to give more thought to the principles guiding the regulation of food production. This is more than an academic debate; it could save lives. (Mike Johanns, U.S. senator for the state of Nebraska and former secreary of the U.S. Departmetn of Agriculture)

Crop Chemophobia should be required reading for policymakers. Our greatest challenge in the next forty years will be to feed billions more people on our planet with the same land resources we now use. As this important book demonstrates, we need to have science-based discussions about how to accomplish this. In the decades ahead, the greatest risk of all may be blind adherence to the precautionary principle. (Bob Stallman, president, American Farm Bureau Federation)

By placing science about scaremongering, this book should stimulate a more infromed and balanced debate on the importance of pesticides in meeting the challenges posed by population growth an da changing climate. (Ian Denholm, Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom)

Many consumers today rely on sensationalized media reports to form their opinions on food production. Crop Chemophobia does an excellent job of going beyond the emotional debate over the use of crop inputs. Those concerned with a a growing world population and food insecurity should look closely at the consequences of removing a vital tool of food production. (Mike Adams, host, AgriTalk: The Voice of Rual America)

Timely and important, this book is a call to action. We cannot afford to allow a narrow, technology-averse agenda to saddle our global food-production system with constraints that are costly and scientifically unwarranted—not when we face the challenge of doubling food production in the next four decades to meet expected demand. (W. Daren Coppock, president and CEO, Agriculteral Retailers Association)

About the Author

Jon Entine is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and an adviser to Global Governance Watch, a project that examines transparency and accountability issues at the United Nations, in nongovernmental organizations, and in related international organizations.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 169 pages
  • Publisher: AEI Press (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844743615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844743615
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of this book, is a well known PR spokesman for the GMO Corporate industry. He has a consulting firm that specializes in managing public relations for chemical corporate interests when issues arise like poisonous Atrazine in their drinking water, GMO pesticides polluting wetlands, or when local governments try to enact legislation to protect their communities from GMo experimental fields and pesticides. He's been called in by corporate biochemical companies for years to assure people that the atrazine and other pesticides in their drinking water is safe, that GMO's are good for us, and to 'handle' the media relations around community activism. Make no mistake, this is a full on corporate propoganda... he takes this books into places where local governments are considering anti-GMO or pesticide restrictions, hands the book to the local legislature, and encourages them to drink the kool aid. Please just be aware of what you are buying, if this is what you are into, you will probably like this book. If you think for yourself and want truthful answers, look for independent scientists outside the U.S. who are doing a lot of good research exposing the dangers of restricted use pesticides and GMO's.
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Wow, what a dependent and bias book. I steer everyone away from this non-scientific, uncited, unreferrenced vomititious volume of toilet paper.

I challenge the author to go on an all GMO diet for a year and then report on his cancers and organ failures.

Look at this promotional quote for the book!! NEBRASKA!! HOME OF GMO CORN that is poisoning the world. Look what he says!! "It could save lives." ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Please wipe my organic vomit off of me.

Crop Chemophobia offers a science-based consideration of the impact of agricultural technology and highlights the need to give more thought to the principles guiding the regulation of food production. This is more than an academic debate; it could save lives.
(Mike Johanns, U.S. senator for the state of Nebraska and former secreary of the U.S. Departmetn of Agriculture )
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The author is so on target with this book. I'm positive that with the terminator gene technology and the license fees to use their seeds that the primary concern of these companies is to make sure the world is fed.
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