Viewpoint: India's 'retreat' from GM crops in the face of dogmatic opposition will harm its farmers

Viewpoint: India’s ‘retreat’ from GM crops in the face of dogmatic opposition will harm its farmers

In deciding to consider proposals for GM crop field trials only upon the recommendation of state governments, [the Indian government] ...
Viewpoint: COVID-19 vaccine success should prompt us to rethink our fear of GMO ‘Frankenfoods’

Viewpoint: COVID-19 vaccine success should prompt us to rethink our fear of GMO ‘Frankenfoods’

[COVID vaccines are] one of the biggest, and certainly the most high-profile, utilizations of genetic technology in the history of ...
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Viewpoint: Will 5G harm you? Activist groups succeed in stirring conspiracy health risk phobias, as New York State legislature prepares to debate ‘growing evidence’ of harm

Two bills were recently introduced in the New York State legislature (in the Assembly and in the Senate) to establish ...
FDA warns Joe Mercola to stop selling fake COVID remedies and cures

FDA warns Joe Mercola to stop selling fake COVID remedies and cures

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Joseph Mercola, an osteopath who heads a large online “alternative ...
QAnon followers play key role in infecting Facebook with vaccine conspiracy theories

QAnon followers play key role in infecting Facebook with vaccine conspiracy theories

[A new research effort by Facebook] is a large-scale attempt to understand the spread of ideas that contribute to vaccine ...
How business is battling employee vaccine denialism and doubt

How business is battling employee vaccine denialism and doubt

Across industries, business leaders are turning to all-hands staff meetings, video memos and other workplace forums to address skepticism about ...
Viewpoint: Heard reports that dozens of environmental chemicals found in pregnant women pose health dangers? It’s junk science, and here’s why

Viewpoint: Heard reports that dozens of environmental chemicals found in pregnant women pose health dangers? It’s junk science, and here’s why

Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH, of the University of California San Francisco, frequent collaborator of anti-vaccine activist and organic industry trade ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement's future into doubt

Viewpoint: Consumer-focused GM and gene-edited products throw anti-GMO movement’s future into doubt

The bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory that has swept the nation and embedded itself in our political discourse is a prime ...
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More than 80% of Russian-originated tweets on US COVID vaccines are negative. Here is the story of Putin’s disinformation campaign

An official with the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, which monitors foreign disinformation efforts, identified four publications that he said ...
Viewpoint: ‘Organic At All Costs’? How a small clique of anti-GMO groups invented the conventional vs organic myth

Viewpoint: ‘Organic At All Costs’? How a small clique of anti-GMO groups invented the conventional vs organic myth

Today’s farmers aren’t uneducated self-serving workers driven solely by greed. They are genuine stewards of the land, who employ a ...
Vaccine refusal mania has captured entire indigenous communities in Mexico

Vaccine refusal mania has captured entire indigenous communities in Mexico

In Aldama, a small town of about 7,000 located in the central highlands of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, ...
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Podcast: Why no flu season? Cloning endangered species; Free speech vs science on college campuses

The world has experienced a shockingly mild 2020-2021 flu season, defying the expectations of many infectious disease researchers. How is ...
Glyphosate on trial: In an 'unequal contest' between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Glyphosate on trial: In an ‘unequal contest’ between science and emotion, can evidence overcome pesticide-cancer fears?

Recently, I was asked to speak about the weedkiller glyphosate on Radio Colombia. As is often the case with media ...
Viewpoint: Spermageddon and endocrine disrupting chemicals? Shanna Swain book claiming common chemicals pose catastrophic dangers is deeply flawed

Viewpoint: Spermageddon and endocrine disrupting chemicals? Shanna Swain book claiming common chemicals pose catastrophic dangers is deeply flawed

In 2017, [epidemiologist Shanna] Swan, along with other scientists, published a meta-analysis, an aggregation of existing research. It said that ...
How churches and community groups are responding to vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans

How churches and community groups are responding to vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans

[West Baltimore resident Reverend Derrick] DeWitt is a field marshal in the local war against poverty, disease and hunger. "My ...
Viewpoint: Dirty Dozen? It’s time for Environmental Working Group to abandon pesticide scare tactics

Viewpoint: Dirty Dozen? It’s time for Environmental Working Group to abandon pesticide scare tactics

Dramatic health benefits combined with low consumption figures underscore the need and importance of multiple efforts and resources to improve ...
Decades-long battle over GMOs can teach scientists how to combat COVID conspiracies in Africa

Decades-long battle over GMOs can teach scientists how to combat COVID conspiracies in Africa

As the second wave of COVID-19 sweeps across Africa, bringing steep increases in infections and deaths, the battle between facts and conspiracies – ...
The Anti-Vaxx Playbook: Exposing the 5-step anti-vaxx conversion program escalating the COVID pandemic. Its proponents include Barbara Loe Fisher, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Sherri Tenpenny

The Anti-Vaxx Playbook: Exposing the 5-step anti-vaxx conversion program escalating the COVID pandemic. Its proponents include Barbara Loe Fisher, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Sherri Tenpenny

The Anti-Vaxx Playbook is based on in-depth analysis of speeches and presentations by leading digital anti-vaccine advocates at a meeting ...
Republicans, young people and minorities: How to persuade the vaccine hesitant to get a COVID shot

Republicans, young people and minorities: How to persuade the vaccine hesitant to get a COVID shot

As the United States screams past 500,000 fatalities, the choice between a deadly disease and a shot in the arm ...
Apocalyptic and conspiratorial views are escalating as the pandemic persists

Apocalyptic and conspiratorial views are escalating as the pandemic persists

Since ancient times, pandemics have spurred sharp turns in political beliefs, spawning extremist movements, waves of mistrust and wholesale rejection ...
Video: Between Us, About Us — Black healthcare workers challenge misinformation and spread encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines

Video: Between Us, About Us — Black healthcare workers challenge misinformation and spread encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines

The Conversation: Between Us, About Us is a new campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 ...
Podcast: COVID vaccine—Bible's 'mark of the beast'? Gene guns and GMOs; Growing plants in space

Podcast: COVID vaccine—Bible’s ‘mark of the beast’? Gene guns and GMOs; Growing plants in space

Some fundamentalist Christians allege that COVID vaccines are "the mark of the beast" described in the Biblical book of Revelation ...
Anxious about getting a COVID vaccine because you don't know what's in it? We know a lot more about it than the safety of hot dogs

Anxious about getting a COVID vaccine because you don’t know what’s in it? We know a lot more about it than the safety of hot dogs

“So, you’ve been eatin’ hot dogs and chicken nuggets all your life and you don’t want the vaccine ‘cuz you ...
8 advocacy organizations and websites spreading misinformation about technology, chemicals, food and environmental risk

8 advocacy organizations and websites spreading misinformation about technology, chemicals, food and environmental risk

Are you worried about the environment and the 'proliferation of unnecessary chemicals'? Concerned that CRISPR and other forms of genetic ...
Fact-checking site pans Wall Street Journal opinion piece claiming US could have herd immunity by April

Fact-checking site pans Wall Street Journal opinion piece claiming US could have herd immunity by April

This Wall Street Journal opinion piece, published on 18 February 2021, claimed in its headline that the U.S. will “have ...
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