Gillman and Heberlig take a nonpartisan approach to existing environmental laws and consider how each political sphere would like them changed. They use an interesting conceit, highlighting a topic, providing background, then relating how it is received by the Right and the Left. This clarifies dense material, making for an accessible title that also explains why it is so difficult to alter existing laws. Members of Congress, they write, would be perfectly happy if scientists came before them and all agreed that ‘this pesticide is safe, allow it’ or ‘this pesticide is unsafe, ban it.’ But anticipating that level of consensus from the scientific community makes Waiting for Godot look like an afternoon’s diversion. Therefore, politicians are forced to take sides on issues they know little about, resulting in frustration all around. Gillman and Heberlig also wade into private-property rights and home-owner associations and pose the question of just what a good yard means. In all, their discussion illuminates environmental confusion on a national scale and offers help in making the far-ranging debate easier to understand. --Colleen Mondor
“This book condenses the facts in an accessible manner and poses both sides of the debate without preaching either way.”
(Amy Stewart East Oregonian
“Illuminates environmental confusion on a national scale and offers help in making the far-ranging debate easier to understand.”
"If government issues relating to produce draw your attention, this book may help broaden your thinking."
"Freakonomics for the gardening set---a must-read for anyone concerned with making our planet a safer place to live.”
"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."
(Reference and Research Book News
“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.”