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Fear of Food: Environmentalist Scams, Media Mendacity, and the Law of Disparagement Paperback – January 1, 2010

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About the Author

Alan Gottlieb is recognized as a member of the working press, maintaining active membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in American Politics.Alan has appeared on over 3,000 TV and radio talk shows, including the Lehrer News Hour, ABC's 20/20, CNN Crossfire, Fox TV, NBC Today Show, Larry King Live and Good Morning America.Alan is also President of KBNP in Portland, KITZ in Seattle and KSBN in Spokane and Chairman of the Board of Talk America Radio Network with more than 700 affiliates coast-to-coast.Dave Workman is a career journalist, freelance writer and author. Now senior editor for the Second Amendment Foundation, he spent 21 years as a senior editor and writer at Outdoor Empire Publishing. Workman began his career running a small-town newspaper and "stringing" for the Associated Press. Over the years, his byline has appeared in several newspapers and publications. His outdoor repor
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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Merril Press (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939571080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939571086
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,324,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What happens when the media decides to yell "fire!" in a crowded theater and there is no fire? The answer is found in this book. And it's an answer that will leave you questioning media reports for years to come.
Andrea Arnold documents and explores the Alar controversy from its beginning on 60 Minutes to its conclusion, the devastation of countless farmers and the alarming of the American public. What she discovers is a shocking disregard for journalistic integrity, not by suspect media sources, but by the names and faces America has come to trust.
Perhaps worse than the betrayal by our national news sources is what that successful betrayal reveals: Americans are quite ignorant regarding the science and laws pertaining to the environment. And our ignorance leaves us vulnerable to any claim by those presuming to act in our interest, no matter how extreme or unsupportable their claims may be. Perhaps because of our ignorance, we have also become too trusting of news and media outlets, and of public interest groups. We presume they are unbiased when in fact they are people who are vulnerable to the same failings, biases, and even greed, that the rest of us are subject to.
Along the way Andrea Arnold presents basic information that every American should know regarding the science of toxicology and the pesticide laws of the EPA. Chapters 2 and 3 should be studied, not just read. The information is of tremendous value and leads to a calmer, more rational view of our food supply.
Some may take issue with Arnold's conclusions regarding environmentalists. She could have perhaps drawn a better distinction between the extremists she's discussing and reasonable people who value both nature and society, a class into which most Americans would fit.
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In this Age of Environmentalism, the gullability of the American public and media who wish to be on the "right side" of environmental issues creates a fertile ground for distortions, misinformation, and hysteria. Andrea Arnold performs a singlar service by cutting through these distortions and false claims by groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council who are driven by dangerous level of enthusiasm to abuse science in the name of their pet causes. She also ably demonstrates that their efforts are not only devoid of the facts, but also lack a sense balance and perspective. After all, 99.8% of all the pesticides in the environment are generated by plants themselves to ward off insect pests and disease. In this context, the NRDC campaign against Alar was a grossly irresponsible action which did a serious injustice to both the truth and thousands of apple growers who suffered millions of dollars in financial losses. It has become quite clear that many environmental groups seek to increase donations by convincing the American public that civilization is going to crumble without thir intervention. Their steady stream of alarmist press releases, swallowed whole by a naive media, are among the tools used to carry on this campaign.
Readers of Arnold's account of environmentalist scams will also find the late Professor Julian's Simon's "The Ultimate Resource II" an essential tool in combatting the tactics of the doomsters. Simon carefully demonstrates that the vast majority of environmental and human indicators have shown steady improvement throughout the 20th century.
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This is not it. The fact of the matter is that Alar IS a carcinogen, and long term exposure (an Alar treated apple a day . . .) COULD in fact be harmful. Yes, our media culture--which is sensation driven more than ideology driven--contributed to an unwarranted panic and fear that the pesticide could have short term, immediate impact on children's health, and in that panic schools took extreme measures like removing apples from lunch menus. But the idea that Alar is harmless is nonsense.

We need a good, objective book on the subject of environmental health scares. This isn't it. It might as well have been written by an employee of a pesticide company.
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Just what we need is another apologist for corporate agriculture and the chemicals industry.
Excuses are not solutions. I looked to this book to teach me something new and revealing about pesticide use or, at least, discuss realistic solutions to the issue of man-made toxicity in our environment. Instead, Arnold trots out the same old arguments: environmentalists are alarmists, profits must rule America, poor little farmers are being victimized by fanatics.
This is nonsense. The greatest users of pesticides are not small farms, but corporate agribusiness. The grassroots movement toward responsible use of our environment is not conducted by a minor group of fanatics who just want to raise money for their own organizations (what kind of spaghetti logic is that?). Organic farmers now grow approximately 20% of the produce in this country. Concern over pesticides worldwide is very strong, in the US as well as Europe and Japan. Organic farmers have proven that a) pesticides don't work properly and b) pesticides may actually harm profits. Fetzer Winery found that, since beginning the switch to organic farming, the quality of their grapes has improved.
Pesticides are poisons. Everybody knows this. An estimated 1,000 people will die in the US this year of cancer related to pesticides. Is seeking a solution to this tragedy a "scam"? is it nothing more than "disparagement"?
I was so terribly disappointed in the weak logic and obviously-manipulated "data" in this book. Arnold fails to show me a safe, sensible relationship between agriculture and consumers.
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