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Plant scientist Kevin Folta: Claims about glyphosate in orange juice are ‘brilliantly devious’

| | November 30, 2018

Since 2013 the science communication community and wacky food activists learned something important — you can fill a table with creepy numbers, ignite a great media scare, and the facts simply don’t matter.

Over the next few years we’d be treated to reports of glyphosate showing up everywhere from beer …. to breakfast cereal …. It is brilliantly devious. Most of these claims have been made by Moms Across America, an organization that knows that people will pay attention to numbers in a chart …. Charts look quite official and sciencey.

Now the Moms Across America claims that orange juice is full of high levels of glyphosate, which is odd, because oranges are not genetically engineered to withstand it. Glyphosate is used in some citrus operations to control weeds, but it is not applied to trees ….

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The lab that did the detection is not an independent operation. It is run by John Fagan, a guy connected with the Maharishi cult and a staunch opponent of biotechnology ….

Shortcomings in Analysis

…. The measurement was performed using LC-MS/MS, a technique that very well could detect glyposate and accurately quantify it.

What’s not to like?

No negative control. The compound is detected in everything, so there’s no way to discriminate between a signal caused from glyphosate and a signal caused by some other compound that behaves in the same way during the chemical separation.

Read full, original article: Another Dose of Chemophobia — This Time Orange Juice

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