Nature Wars: People vs. Pests Hardcover – 28 Nov 1997
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genetically engineered plants...[and] recommends tolerance toward the roach...If people would only listen to voices like Winston's, our world would be safer for organisms in their natural places--and even for pests like us.
About the Author
Mark L. Winston is a Fellow in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Our attitude is to approach pests as organisms to control rather than manage; we exterminate instead of reduce; we dominate rather than learn to accommodate. Why this sad state of affairs remains so is a central theme of this book, which introduces the concept of pest management (as opposed to pest control). Pest management forces us to look beyond the immediate benefits and disadvantages, costs and side effects, of pest control methods towards choosing alternatives that are more environmentally compatible and less harmful to our own health. The author explores scientifically exciting alternative technologies such as biological control, yet admits, as the 1990 gypsy moth invasion of Vancouver has shown, that the public needs more education and assurance on its safety and environmental correctness.
This book provides such an education and forms the basis for novel biologically based strategies involving pheromones, parasitic insects, bio-engineered crops and pest diseases to become standard practice.
Mark L. Winston is professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of two previous books, The Biology of the Honey Bee and Killer Bees.
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