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Viewpoint: Bernie Sanders’ views on alternative medicine and GMOs highlight troubling embrace of pseudoscience

| | February 7, 2019
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At 76 years old many assumed that 2016 would be the last time Bernie Sanders would run for office. The media told a different story [recently] as it was reported that he gathered a team of advisers to discuss running for President again in 2020.

While the merits of his stances on many issues are worthy of debate, one thing is abundantly clear. Bernie Sanders is an anti-science candidate.

[H]is stance on mandating the labeling of food based on the breeding method of ingredients was covered by Real Clear Science’s Alex Berezow:

On GMOs, Mr. Sanders is yet again opposed to mainstream science policy. His endorsement of GMO food labels is in direct opposition to the policy stance of the American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Such labels are the equivalent of Kosher and Halal labels. Voluntary labels offering information to those with faith based diets, with no information about health, safety, or the environment.

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Many see Senator Sanders as the solution for the extreme right which has gained a voice in recent years. But should one group that denounces science be used to replace another? The extreme left is just a different symptom of the same problem.

Read full, original article: Bernie Sanders in 2020? Here is his long history with pseudoscience

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