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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution; 2nd edition edition (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558130691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558130692
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,528,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Mythmakers : Greenpeace and the Sierra Club 21 Nov. 2012
By A. J. Macdonald - Published on Amazon.com
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This book explains why the adoption of high-yield cropping and farming will feed the worlds increasing population and at the same time improve the standard of living of third world citizens and still leave more room for wild life refuges.
It challenges the myths that are propogated by Greenpeace and the Sierra Club by siting short paragraphs from expert authors describing the reality that negates each of their myths.
This book is a must read for those of us who genuinely wish to save the planet.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A unique insight 27 Feb. 2013
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Excellent book, I am a college plant science student, specifically studying sustainable agriculture systems and this book provides a unique insight into agriculture that does not typically receive much attention.
16 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I Fear For The Environment 22 May 2008
By Peter Wrenshall - Published on Amazon.com
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The latest edition of Dennis Avery's book, "Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastic," was published in 2000, but given the green mania that is presently sweeping the Western world, it is still a timely and important work. As the author admits, the idea that pesticides and plastic will literally save the planet is just an attention-getting exaggeration, but he neatly pulls together the evidence from nearly all reputable researchers and official bodies in the fields of agronomy, soil science and ecology that pesticides, when properly used, present no significant risk to the environment or human health. Avery effectively makes the case for industrial fertilizers as a vital input to modern agriculture. He also shows how the growing practice of mass indoor feeding of livestock is both humane and enviromentally beneficial. This should be required reading for animal-rights activists and their urban sympathizers, though I doubt that nothing short of a religious conversion could ever change their minds.

One of the most important parts of the book is Avery's critique of organic farming. At one time, organic farming could be dismissed as a relatively harmless fad that serviced a boutique North American market. Now, eight years after this book's publication, organically-grown food is becoming a mainstream component of consumer tastes. The most serious failing of organic farming is its invariably mediocre crop yields. Avery (and other agricultural professionals) have calculated that in order to feed by organic and other traditional farming the projected 9 billion people populating the world in the mid-21st century, a land area equal to South America and Europe will have to be cleared off just to grow crops. You can kiss the Amazon rainforest and the North American temperate forests goodbye. The organic food movement, for all its endless declarations of environmental sensitivity and "sustainable living", is apparently incapable of grasping the irony. Organic farming is manifestly unsustainable in the real sense of the term, but as its alleged "sustainability" hardens into popular dogma all over the developed world, I fear for the environment and the world's wilderness areas.
16 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Big Business Propaganda 26 April 2010
By nirvana - Published on Amazon.com
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Through the years I have learned that in order to evaluate the validity of any studies one should look at where the financing comes from. As I read through this book it was apparent to me that the book was probably funded by companies that benefit from this type of publicity. To say that chemical fertilizers do not have an impact on the environment is grossly irresponsible. Anyone who has made a concerted effort in gardening with both methods understands the importance of organic farming. There is more solid research coming out everyday about soil structure and the way it nourishes plants, but it is not funded by big business and does not get the same type of public exposure. When I did research on the Hudson Institute, I found they are supported by Cargill, Conagra,
Eli Lilly, DuPont, Dow-Elanco, Ciba-Geigy,Sandoz, Monsanto and Procter and Gamble. All the supporters of the Hudson Institute are chemical companies that benefit from this type of propaganda. Unfortunately people living in areas where they cannot conduct their own chemical versus organic trials themselves will be gullible enough to believe this book. Anyone has the ability to write a book whether it be supported by facts or not. The key is for the reader to dig deeper and find the motivations of the author.
9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
REPULSIVE! 3 Feb. 2012
By Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
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To put it nicely I would respectively say that this book is a disgrace to humanity, and pure proof of how corrupt big corporations like MONSANTO can be. Yeah saving the planet with Poisson and unatural synthentic chemicals and plastic. This is an absolute joke, if not, an outright insult. "i have a great idea lets provide the entire planet with nutrient deficient agriculture and come up with a bogus story, and actually try to convince people that ingesting poisonous unnatural food is good, then we can laugh at them as they spend there money funding our lives and helping our best friends at the pharmaceutical company's.". Disgusting!
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