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Viewpoint: Pseudo-science alert—Zac Efron’s ‘Down to Earth’ Netflix series spreads anti-GMOs myths

Zac Efron doesn’t say much except “Dude” and “Wow” in his Netflix docu-series Down to Earth. It’s a mostly innocuous show. If you’re ...
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‘I was wrong’: Why we shouldn’t start giving COVID-19 vaccinations now

I wrote a blog post [on August 2] that has generated tremendous pushback, including an op-ed in the New York Times as well as ...
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In effort to block Philippines’ GMO Golden Rice, activists falsely link nutrition-enhanced staple to COVID

Anti-biotech groups in the Philippines are trying to link the COVID-19 pandemic to Golden Rice as part of a week-long ...
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Pew poll: 1-in-4 Americans believe ‘powerful people planted COVID-19’

[A] conspiracy theory circulating widely online… alleges that powerful people intentionally planned the coronavirus outbreak. And a quarter of U.S. adults see at ...
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Viewpoint: How to constructively engage on social media with those who post anti-GMO and anti-vax conspiracies

The other day, a tantalizing question appeared in my Twitter feed: “If you were writing a book about 2020, what ...
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‘America’s Frontline Doctors’? Who are the far-right PACs funding ‘quack’ MDs that recommend ‘no masks’ and ‘use hydroxychloroquine’?

[T]he latest video to go viral from apparent experts, quietly backed by dark money political organizations, [evangelized] treatments for or ...
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Podcast: How 1970s fat-free fad launched organic, non-GMO and other ‘absurd’ labeling schemes

Go walk the aisles of your local grocery store and see how many products are being marketed for what they ...
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Podcast: Mapping Humanity—How modern genetics is changing criminal justice, personalized medicine, and our identities

Innovations in genetics are already changing our lives for the better, and will continue to do so. Using gene-editing technology, ...
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Viewpoint: Crop biotech innovation isn’t enough to shut down the anti-GMO propaganda machine

Scientists need to promote and defend the relevance of their science, even after it has left their lab ...
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Organic activists sue USDA to nullify and revise bioengineered food labeling standards

The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard – which requires firms to label ‘bioengineered’ foods and beverages – is unlawful and ...
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Video: Debating Europe’s pro-organic Farm to Fork Green Deal—Sustainable agriculture or recipe for disaster?

One of the unpleasant lessons of the COVID pandemic is how little prepared we’ve been for an event that was, ...
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Harvard Law School urges USDA to allow ‘usual meat and poultry terms’ in labeling of cell-based foods

In some action on the petition front, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) acknowledges a request from the Harvard ...
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Agriculture industry risks PR disaster if it doesn’t educate the public about CRISPR

Gene-editing experts claim that the technology has the potential to make some foods more nutritious without increasing costs and can ...
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Is Dr. Fauci involved in a plot to profit from coronavirus? Sinclair Network pulls Eric Bolling Plandemic conspiracy program that claimed just that

Over the weekend, Sinclair announced it would postpone and "rework" the segment featuring discredited "Plandemic" researcher Judy Mikovits which was ...
Facing taboos: Conversation with GLP's Jon Entine on sustainable agriculture, race and sports, 'Jewish genetics' and social investing

Facing taboos: Conversation with GLP’s Jon Entine on sustainable agriculture, race and sports, ‘Jewish genetics’ and social investing

Jon Entine is an American science writer. He is the founder and executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project, a ...
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‘Greenwashing’: Does plant-based marketing mislead consumers about sustainability?

"Greenwashing” is the term used to describe the promotion of a product based on misleading claims of superiority to other ...
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Vaccination wars: In the fight against COVID-19, pro-vax movement emerges to battle vaccine denialism

A new advocacy campaign is designed to mobilize the majority to speak out to help fight [vaccine] misinformation, at a ...
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Viewpoint: How hazard-designation agency WHO’s IARC—International Agency for Research on Cancer—misleads regulators and the public

[W]ood dust, solar radiation (the sun), soot, very hot beverages, night shift work and Ginko biloba… can give you cancer ...
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Anti-vax activists exploit dark history of Tuskegee syphilis study to stir Black opposition to COVID-19 vaccines

[There’s] a remarkable new alliance between the anti-vaccine movement and black leaders in Colorado. Among those who testified against [a ...
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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Daniel Defoe’s account of London’s 1665 bubonic plague offers a shock of recognition

Pandemics have punctuated recorded history going back to ancient Greece and Egypt. However, the novel coronavirus pandemic is unfolding in ...
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Consumers are as open to seafood labeled ‘cell based’ as they are to ‘wild caught’ and ‘farm raised’

The research found common names using the word cell — including cell-based and cultivated from the cells of — did ...
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Re-energized anti-vaccine activism is growing on the right and winning the social media battle to discredit coming coronavirus treatments

What does an antivaxxer and a far-right activist have in common? If the thought of someone who opposes vaccines brings ...
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Viewpoint: Calling gene-edited crops ‘natural’ won’t dispel public skepticism. Here’s a better way to build trust in CRISPR

What determines whether a genetically modified vegetable or fruit is natural? ...
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Podcast: Doctors have to think about sex; AI text generators spread ‘fake news’? Coffee can indeed make you poop

An ER physician says doctors have to consider biological sex to properly care for their patients. Coffee can send some ...
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Latest partisan flashpoint: Gap between rising confirmed coronavirus infections and relatively flat death rate

President Donald Trump has brushed off the coronavirus surge by emphasizing the lower death rate, saying that “99 percent of ...
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Why facts don’t work against vaccine deniers and other science skeptics

Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ...
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Viewpoint: Organic food represents a ‘reactionary’ ideology that doesn’t support health or sustainable farming⁠—and should not be subsidized

The health and environmental benefits claimed by organic agriculture are based on shaky scientific foundations ...
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