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For my initial foray into the topic (beyond popular heresy) I was looking for a balanced book. It began impartial, but the nature of the topic could not sustain a 50/50 ratio of for/against - the book was around 10/90.
The anecdotes were fascinating and revealing, the author had a good grasp of the topic. The last chapter was actually inspirational, if a bit romantic. The book kept my interest throughout, improved my grasp of the topic, and tempered my outlook.
I had encountered greed and blind corporate service before (the history of leaded gasoline being one), and the book was scathing in its presentation of its existence here.
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What could McKay Jenkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The author being an English professor did a great job of writing. What was seriously lacking was scientific information. When I get a book about GMOs I don't expect a casual observer with no understanding about genetic techniques to be the one delivering the information. Or, if that's going to happen, at the very least provide examples and data to support the information you are delivering. What I will say is that the issue of cis and trans genetic products was nicely contrasted. However, from reading the synopsis I expected definitive data about monoculture agriculture's effects on micro and macro environments, I expected a larger discussion about bioaccumulation of pesticides and herbicides to include factual research, not casual observation, and I expected honest information to be presented to a public who is craving information about the fledgling field of genetic modification. This was written as a crusade to rip apart the food industry without supportive information as to why and how the practices in place today are so damaging. Sure glyphosphate is bad - tell the reader WHY its bad. Back that up with definitive data - how many patients have cancer from this, how many species have been taken to the edge of extinction because of organophosphates. Otherwise, you are engaging in scare tactics. And remember, correlation is NOT causation. The main themes are all there in the book but all of them are seriously lacking any supportive data to make a convincing argument in either direction.
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