Last week, a group of food science students from the IFT Student Association (IFTSA) wrote a letter to the “Food Babe”, Vani Hari, challenging what they say are her unscientific views on food, farming and health issues, and on chemicals and genetically modified foods in particular. It was a thoughtful, reasoned and appropriate letter.
Hari responded–aggressively. She rejected their critique and presented what she claims is her view of the science and the appropriate precautions that we should take towards food and farming. We have a full transcript of her reply on the GLP here. A few key excerpts:
Thank you so much for your letter, which I greatly appreciated receiving. … [S]ynthetic ingredients in our food should be proven safe before they are put into our bodies. … I do take issue with your assertion that there is no evidence that organic products are better for health. … Likewise I respectfully disagree with your statement that GMO crops are “proven to be substantially equivalent to native crops.”
Food and agricultural scientist Kevin Folta of the University of Florida was taken aback by Hari’s attempt at a rebuttal. In his blog post, Vani Hari’s Kooky Response to Critical Students, he deconstructs her response, point by point.
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