The immediate relevancy of hot topics like pandemics, gay rights and students' rights makes this series prime material for student research. Each title provides a thorough and carefully balanced presentation of the many issues surrounding each topic, inspiring critical thought. Meaning is fleshed out through a clear presentation of context, and the clear narrative includes compelling examples and is enlivened by pertinent quotes from age-appropriate sources.
"Like others in the Hot Topics series, this title about organic foods gives a concise but thorough overview of a complex issue. The introduction, "Organic Goes Mainstream," points to the timeliness of the topic, and students preparing reports or those simply interested in the health and environmental benefits of organic foods will appreciate the carefully presented, well-researched chapters about the history of the organic movement, the controversy surrounding organic standards, and criticism of organic methods from the conventional food industry. Sidebars, study questions, ample photos, and comprehensive chapter notes complete this on-target resource."
--Booklist, July 2008
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