Truth about Organic Gardening Benefits, Drawnbacks, and the Bottom Line

ISBN-10: 0881928623
ISBN-13: 9780881928624
Edition: 2008
Authors: Jeff Gillman
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Description: Gardeners tend to assume that any organic product is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment-and in most cases this is true. The problem, as Jeff Gillman points out in this fascinating, well-researched book, is that it is not  More...

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List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Gardeners tend to assume that any organic product is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment-and in most cases this is true. The problem, as Jeff Gillman points out in this fascinating, well-researched book, is that it is not always true, and the exceptions to the rule can pose a significant threat to human health. To cite just one example, animal manures in compost can be a source of harmful E. coli contamination if imporperly treated. Gillman's contention is that all gardening products and practices-organic and synthetic-need to be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine both whether they are safe and whether they accomplish the task for which they are intended. Ultimately, Gillman concludes, organic methods are preferable in most situations that gardeners are likely to encounter. After reading this eye-opening book, you will understand why, and why knowledge is the gardener's most important tool.

Jeff Gillman is an associate professor in the department of horticultural science at the University of Minnesota, where he researches plant production and teaches courses on nursery management and pesticide use. He earned his doctorate in horticulture and a master's degree in entomology from the University of Georgia.

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