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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.

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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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HASH(0x99a90954) out of 5 stars Advocates Pest Management via Biological Control 24 Sept. 2000
By Azlan Adnan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Since 1962, when Rachel Carson published her seminal work, Silent Spring, nothing much has changed in our practice of pest control. Carson had advocated that the methods we employ for pest control must be such that they do not destroy us along with the insects. Yet today, despite the lip service we pay to Silent Spring, and in spite of considerable environmental protest, public outcry and the availability of viable alternatives, we still choose to spray chemical pesticides at an alarming rate. In fact, chemical pesticides still remain our pest control method of choice.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99442768) out of 5 stars excellent even handed discussion 8 May 2013
By Traci - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was an even handed, well researched, and completely fascinating discussion of the complexities of pest management. It is a book any well educated adult should read. These are issues that affect us all and we need to understand them in enough depth to make sound decisions. The book is well written and interesting. The level of detail is excellent especially for a well informed adult who isn't immersed in this field but wants to have a better understanding of these issues. I particularly like that the author doesn't try to sell you one particular solution, but rather presents the issues and lets you come to your own conclusions. I love reading good books for the lay public on science topics and have found it is the rare scientist that is able to respect the integrity of his or her field while providing a captivating read for those outside it. This is a well written book--highly recommended!
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HASH(0x998f0894) out of 5 stars Good introduction to basics of attempts to control pests 30 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a very good introduction to the issues surrounding control of pests. It uses cases histories such as attempts to control the gypsy and codling moths to introduce not only the biological and environmental issues but also the political influences on decisions to control pests. It's quite readable. Anyone familiar with Silent Spring will enjoy this book.
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