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 ...
Facing shifting science and political blowback, Facebook reverses its ban of ‘fringe’ Wuhan lab-leak theory

Facing shifting science and political blowback, Facebook reverses its ban of ‘fringe’ Wuhan lab-leak theory

[A Facebook] policy tweak arrives as support surges in Washington for a fuller investigation into the origins of Covid-19 after ...
Viewpoint: 'Make America Safe Again'—Conservative calls for fellow rightists to get vaccinated

Viewpoint: ‘Make America Safe Again’—Conservative calls for fellow rightists to get vaccinated

As a conservative, I praised most of President Trump’s efforts to “Make America great again,” including the financial incentive to ...
17 Hollywood celebrities who leveraged their stardom to promote anti-vaccine disinformation

17 Hollywood celebrities who leveraged their stardom to promote anti-vaccine disinformation

While few of these individuals identify as anti-vaccine, they have either come out as not having vaccinated their children, are ...
No, COVID vaccines do not harm the placenta — the organ that provides the fetus with oxygen and food

No, COVID vaccines do not harm the placenta — the organ that provides the fetus with oxygen and food

As the first organ to form during pregnancy, the placenta is critical to the development of a fetus because it ...
Biotech colonialism? Comedian Russell Brand claims Bill Gates is 'buying up stolen land' to 'take over the global food system'. Here's what he got wrong

Biotech colonialism? Comedian Russell Brand claims Bill Gates is ‘buying up stolen land’ to ‘take over the global food system’. Here’s what he got wrong

"Why Is Bill Gates Buying Up Stolen Native American Land?" British comedian and actor Russell Brand asked in a recent ...
3 key ways to turn agricultural biotechnology skeptics into science advocates

3 key ways to turn agricultural biotechnology skeptics into science advocates

Activist groups around the world are still fighting against GMOs, despite what has now been more than 20 years of ...
Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: COVID's mysterious origins; Why some anti-vaxxers got their shots; Unwise J&J 'pause'?

Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: COVID’s mysterious origins; Why some anti-vaxxers got their shots; Unwise J&J ‘pause’?

Where did SARS-COV-2 come from? For most of the last year a natural origin story was the predominant view among ...
Viewpoint: Epidemiology in crisis? Scientists and health journalists need to embrace ‘skeptical science.’ Here's a checklist for detecting over-hyped scares

Viewpoint: Epidemiology in crisis? Scientists and health journalists need to embrace ‘skeptical science.’ Here’s a checklist for detecting over-hyped scares

Since the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, epidemiology has assumed an outsized role in the public consciousness. It has been ...
Latest anti-vaccine memes linking COVID shots to infertility go viral. Here’s how that happened

Latest anti-vaccine memes linking COVID shots to infertility go viral. Here’s how that happened

Persistent myths like vaccine shedding are becoming more extreme on social media. The latest misinformation claims are that even being ...
Viewpoint: Extreme rightwing anti-vaccine rejectionism — Conspiracy promoters liken the unvaccinated to Holocaust and Civil Rights victims

Viewpoint: Extreme rightwing anti-vaccine rejectionism — Conspiracy promoters liken the unvaccinated to Holocaust and Civil Rights victims

If you’re ever tempted to compare something to the Holocaust, just don’t.  Conservative activist and conspiracy theorist DeAnna Lorraine, who ...
BioengineeredLabels Lead

Viewpoint: Foods made from genetically engineered crops must be labelled by 2022, but USDA guidance is confusing. Here’s how the new administration and food producers can address that

When the [National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law] is implemented in 2022, will it provide information useful to consumers or will ...
Viewpoint: Battling corporate takeover of agriculture? Activists who oppose GMOs and other forms of farming biotechnology hurt vulnerable populations they claim to want to protect

Viewpoint: Battling corporate takeover of agriculture? Activists who oppose GMOs and other forms of farming biotechnology hurt vulnerable populations they claim to want to protect

Activist groups which oppose so-called ‘genetically modified organisms’ (GMOs) frequently affirm that they want to fight corporations and capitalism. While ...
Arabic language anti-vaccine conspiracy theories feature Bill Gates as the central target

Arabic language anti-vaccine conspiracy theories feature Bill Gates as the central target

Across dozens of Arabic pages and groups, dangerous conspiracy theories about the pandemic are racking up millions of views and ...
Would you get a vaccine for a chance at winning $1 million? Ohio hopes so

Would you get a vaccine for a chance at winning $1 million? Ohio hopes so

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's [lottery to win one of 5 $1 million prizes] to encourage vaccinations appears to be an ...
Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: Is coffee healthy or not? Public health officials encourage vaccine skepticism? Why childbirth is so hard

Science Facts and Fallacies Podcast: Is coffee healthy or not? Public health officials encourage vaccine skepticism? Why childbirth is so hard

Coffee is nutritious, according to the latest study. Also, coffee is linked to cancer, new research finds. How do we ...
Vaccine conspiracy theories hold wide sway in government-skeptical Latino community

Vaccine conspiracy theories hold wide sway in government-skeptical Latino community

Since the pandemic began, Latinos like my dad, a Mexican immigrant, have been hit with a torrent of false claims ...
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