Vaccine disinformation and conspiracy theories run wild in California among Mexican farm workers. Here’s what’s being done to address that

Vaccine disinformation and conspiracy theories run wild in California among Mexican farm workers. Here’s what’s being done to address that

For months, anti-vaccine conspiracy theories had ripped across northern California’s wine country, invisible wildfires of untruth spreading through some of ...
Viewpoint: Dr. Joseph Mercola's war on mainstream medicine — 'His take on the pandemic is a lucrative conspiratorial dream'

Viewpoint: Dr. Joseph Mercola’s war on mainstream medicine — ‘His take on the pandemic is a lucrative conspiratorial dream’

Dr. Joe Mercola, an osteopathic physician who has made an impressive fortune selling supplements through his online store, has a ...
Viewpoint: Why are some people hesitant to get vaccines? It may have more to do with hard-wired personality than politics

Viewpoint: Why are some people hesitant to get vaccines? It may have more to do with hard-wired personality than politics

After conducting a national survey of U.S. adults, we grouped people into distinct profiles based on their shared beliefs and ...
Viewpoint: Seeds of science denialism in Latin America — The most influential anti-crop biotech groups trace their disinformation network to North America and Europe

Viewpoint: Seeds of science denialism in Latin America — The most influential anti-crop biotech groups trace their disinformation network to North America and Europe

Earlier in this series on anti-GMO activism in Latin America, we talked about some of the most influential and active ...
Sperm count culture war: An important science discussion about declining male fertility has become yet another victim of post-modernist ideology and political correctness

Sperm count culture war: An important science discussion about declining male fertility has become yet another victim of post-modernist ideology and political correctness

Attempts to make science conform to ideology have enjoyed a long and dispiriting history. For many centuries, religion was the ...
Republicans, people of color, the young, less educated and uninsured — these are the groups most likely to remain unvaccinated, poll shows

Republicans, people of color, the young, less educated and uninsured — these are the groups most likely to remain unvaccinated, poll shows

Unvaccinated adults are a shrinking population in the U.S. that, as of late May 2021, consists of about one-third of ...
Viewpoint: Who is behind anti-vax propaganda claiming COVID shots are killing people? Meet disinformation provocateurs Peter McCullough, Mike Adams and RFK, Jr.

Viewpoint: Who is behind anti-vax propaganda claiming COVID shots are killing people? Meet disinformation provocateurs Peter McCullough, Mike Adams and RFK, Jr.

At the extreme end of the antivax hysteria is, as one might expect, Mike Adams at NaturalNews.com proclaiming... VACCINE HOLOCAUST ...
Viewpoint: ‘Overhyped, speculative, and fear mongering’ — How biotechnology critics have lobbied to mislead the public on the science of GM crops

Viewpoint: ‘Overhyped, speculative, and fear mongering’ — How biotechnology critics have lobbied to mislead the public on the science of GM crops

Most of the issues raised in available literature against GMOs on the grounds of health and environmental risks, and national ...
GLP Podcast: Hollywood's vaccine-autism nonsense; COVID lab-leak story won't die; Africa ignores Greenpeace on pesticides

GLP Podcast: Hollywood’s vaccine-autism nonsense; COVID lab-leak story won’t die; Africa ignores Greenpeace on pesticides

Many Hollywood celebrities have endorsed the bogus link between vaccines to autism. Looking back, it appears their influence has been ...
Viewpoint: Reassessing the reassessments of COVID’s origins — The Wuhan lab leak theory is still the less likely scenario but we may never know for sure

Viewpoint: Reassessing the reassessments of COVID’s origins — The Wuhan lab leak theory is still the less likely scenario but we may never know for sure

How did the pandemic start? From the early days, experts have considered two possibilities. Either the virus somehow escaped from ...
Viewpoint: Soon-to-be-required bioengineered food label is ‘in the worst traditions of government meddling’

Viewpoint: Soon-to-be-required bioengineered food label is ‘in the worst traditions of government meddling’

A very bad regulation is coming.  Here's the short of it. In 2016 Congress passed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure ...
Anti-biotechnology critics say the Genetic Literacy Project is a Monsanto-funded ‘corporate front’. It’s not true. Here is the documentation — and a review of the critics behind the disinformation

Anti-biotechnology critics say the Genetic Literacy Project is a Monsanto-funded ‘corporate front’. It’s not true. Here is the documentation — and a review of the critics behind the disinformation

Activist groups opposed to agricultural biotechnology (GMOs and gene edited crops and animals) repeatedly claim that the Genetic Literacy Project ...
Viewpoint: Is Bill Gates the point man for 'taking over' the world's food supply in service of Big Agriculture?

Viewpoint: Is Bill Gates the point man for ‘taking over’ the world’s food supply in service of Big Agriculture?

Last month, comedian Russell Brand gave his YouTube followers a 17-minute lecture about Bill Gates' plot to take over the world's ...
Bot lies: How the anti-GMO movement uses social media to hype opposition to genetically-engineered mosquitoes to rid Florida of insect-spread diseases

Bot lies: How the anti-GMO movement uses social media to hype opposition to genetically-engineered mosquitoes to rid Florida of insect-spread diseases

The discussion around Twitter bans is hot, mostly with regard to specific accounts that provide dangerous false information. But what ...
Could the current fascination with ‘regenerative agriculture’ spur production of more sustainable eggs?

Could the current fascination with ‘regenerative agriculture’ spur production of more sustainable eggs?

Over the past decade, producers have skillfully persuaded consumers to pay four times the price for a dozen eggs that ...
‘They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks’: Ohio GOP embraces crackpot doctor’s view that COVID vaccines magnetize people and interface with 5G towers

‘They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks’: Ohio GOP embraces crackpot doctor’s view that COVID vaccines magnetize people and interface with 5G towers

[Cleveland-based doctor Sherri Tennpenny, an] anti-vaccination advocate known for spreading unfounded claims falsely told legislators that [COVID shots] could leave ...
Fact check: No, this ‘undercover video’ does not show World Health Organization experts confessing secret dangers posed by ‘glyphosate-tainted’ vaccines

Fact check: No, this ‘undercover video’ does not show World Health Organization experts confessing secret dangers posed by ‘glyphosate-tainted’ vaccines

The video begins with ominous music and 10 seconds of video of a conference room or classroom. Viewers can't hear ...
Viewpoint: How right wingers are pumping up the Wuhan lab leak theory — and why it’s still an unlikely explanation for COVID

Viewpoint: How right wingers are pumping up the Wuhan lab leak theory — and why it’s still an unlikely explanation for COVID

Even as far back as February 2020, I noted that antivaxxer James Lyons-Weiler was falsely claiming that he had “broken ...
Viewpoint: Why we need to remove 'politically-motivated regulatory barriers' hindering genetically modified crop innovation

Viewpoint: Why we need to remove ‘politically-motivated regulatory barriers’ hindering genetically modified crop innovation

Genetically modified (GM) organisms and crops have been a feature of food production for over 30 years. Despite extensive science-based ...
Viewpoint: Vaccines and autism — How Hollywood fame and fortune can lead to dangerous promotion of false cures, false causes and false hopes

Viewpoint: Vaccines and autism — How Hollywood fame and fortune can lead to dangerous promotion of false cures, false causes and false hopes

Many of you will remember when, in 2007, actress and former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy published her book Louder Than ...
Sprawling science disinformation network: Steve Bannon teamed up with Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui to spread COVID misinformation through ‘thousands of social media accounts’

Sprawling science disinformation network: Steve Bannon teamed up with Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui to spread COVID misinformation through ‘thousands of social media accounts’

A sprawling online network tied to Chinese businessman Guo Wengui has become a potent platform for disinformation in the United ...
From Trumpian conspiracy theory to credible scenario: Here’s the Wuhan lab-leak theory timeline

From Trumpian conspiracy theory to credible scenario: Here’s the Wuhan lab-leak theory timeline

[I]n recent months the idea that [SARS-CoV-2] emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) — once dismissed as a ...
Infographic: COVID myths — Which are most pervasive, and who is most likely to believe them?

Infographic: COVID myths — Which are most pervasive, and who is most likely to believe them?

Big myths about COVID vaccines are showing real staying power among Americans who are not vaccinated. They are not the ...
Viewpoint: Conspiracy theories used to be the province of harmless ‘Bigfoot hunters’. Now they’re dangerous and deadly

Viewpoint: Conspiracy theories used to be the province of harmless ‘Bigfoot hunters’. Now they’re dangerous and deadly

In 2021, conspiracy theories are no longer a source of amusement, nor are leading purveyors mere harmless weirdos. What was ...
2 in 5 dairy farmers believe cows should not be genetically engineered to reduce disease susceptibility. What might change their minds?

2 in 5 dairy farmers believe cows should not be genetically engineered to reduce disease susceptibility. What might change their minds?

[E]ven before the consumer sees a product on the grocery shelf... farmers’ decisions can make or break a technology’s chance ...
How former New York Times science reporter Nicholas Wade shifted global opinion on the credibility of ‘farfetched’ Wuhan lab leak theory

How former New York Times science reporter Nicholas Wade shifted global opinion on the credibility of ‘farfetched’ Wuhan lab leak theory

From early 2020 onward, the mainstream narrative had been that the virus was completely natural, and anyone who suggested that ...
Viewpoint: ‘If it’s organic, it’s non-GMO’: Why consumers don’t need this recently introduced ‘irrelevant food label’ on grocery store shelves

Viewpoint: ‘If it’s organic, it’s non-GMO’: Why consumers don’t need this recently introduced ‘irrelevant food label’ on grocery store shelves

While I typically try and shop around labels that are not supportive or have no relation to the actual product ...
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