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Viewpoint: Does ‘doxxing’ attack on geneticist Kevin Folta represent new low in anti-GMO attacks on scientists?

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In the minds of activists, it doesn't matter that Dr. Folta never acted illegally or unethically. The only thing that ...
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‘Better safe than sorry’? Precautionary thinking stokes unjustified fear of GMOs, chemicals, biologist says

“Better safe than sorry.” That’s a great lesson for a child when a parent explains why she should wear a ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t ignore scientific evidence about male, female brain differences

It's obvious to just about anyone who is paying attention — and to most biologists, in particular — that there ...
Viewpoint: Anti-GMO Organic Consumers Association helps Russia spread dangerous myths raising fake concerns about vaccines and biotechnology

Viewpoint: Anti-GMO Organic Consumers Association helps Russia spread dangerous myths raising fake concerns about vaccines and biotechnology

Russian trolls are meddling wherever and whenever they can to cause societal strife. Radio Free Europe reports that Russian trolls may have ...
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AAAS fiasco just got messier—After member revolt, data-less news release linking glyphosate to kidney disease pulled, Freedom and Responsibility award will not be presented, for now

Editor's note: After this blog was posted, on February 6, the American Association for the Advancement of Science tweeted that ...
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Viewpoint: New York Times’ mixed record on science literacy—botched reporting on GMOs and chemicals while challenging anti-vaxxers

The New York Times has done something that it very rarely does: It wrote an editorial in support of biotechnology. The piece, ...
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Viewpoint: No, Whole Foods Magazine, there’s no plot to sneak GMOs into our food

....Last week, Whole Foods Magazine (yes, that's a thing) published an article written by a lawyer, Scott C. Tips, about an evil plan to ...
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New study hyping health benefits of organic food is more marketing than science, biologist argues

How do you know when a "study" isn't really a study? When the people who performed it wrote up a ...
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Scientists can identify organic and conventional milk with a simple chemistry test

Food fraud is a substantial problem....because it is nearly impossible for consumers to tell the difference between, say, conventional and ...
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Viewpoint: Scientific ignorance fuels skepticism of crop biotechnology

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This one question is an effective test of scientific ignorance ...
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Artificial vs natural? Ocean Spray sued for using synthetic flavor in its cranberry juice

Ocean Spray, the company that makes several popular cranberry juice drinks, is battling a class-action lawsuit brought by two plaintiffs ...
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America’s risk paradox: Flu killed 80,000 people this year, but we’re more worried about GMOs

We had a really bad flu season this year. The CDC just announced that about 80,000 Americans were killed .... H3N2 ...
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Viewpoint: 7-year food fraud scheme exposes flawed oversight of organic farming

Three farmers in Nebraska just plead guilty to a food fraud scheme in which they were selling conventionally grown corn and soybeans ...
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Simple urine test for anxiety, depression around the corner

Depression and anxiety are not always easy to detect. … Besides being time consuming and inconvenient, diagnostic criteria are rather ...
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Record-high yields suggest climate change no threat to coffee production

For roughly the last two years, the media has been warning us that climate change is threatening the world's supply ...
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Famous chemist Bruce Ames a chemical ‘industry apologist,’ anti-GMO group claims

[The] Ames test .... is literally textbook science that is taught to students all over the world. .... It was ...
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Viewpoint: UC-San Francisco is the ‘academic home of the anti-GMO movement’

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Being anti-GMO is the biotech equivalent of being anti-vaccine. The scientific literature overwhelmingly and definitively has concluded that GMOs are safe ...
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All-veggie ‘Impossible burger’ targeted by PETA’s cancer claims

Imagine sinking your teeth into a nice, juicy hamburger. Then, imagine being told that the hamburger isn't made from beef ...
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No link between increased pesticide use and childhood cancer, study suggests

Like the word "chemical," the word "pesticide" has been hijacked and then unfairly demonized. Scientists use the word pesticide to refer to ...
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Viewpoint: Popular science news website promotes pesticide conspiracy theory

Two weeks ago, we reported on a bizarre decision by the online news arm of the journal Science: The outlet had reprinted ...
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Viewpoint: Why was pro-GMO professor David Zaruk fired?

David Zaruk is an expert in European Union regulations and risk communication. He writes a blog, titled The Risk-Monger, which largely ...
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Betty Crocker: ‘GMOs are safe—we wouldn’t use them if we thought otherwise’

There's a lot of money to be made in kowtowing to the latest dietary fads and unsubstantiated health scares. ...
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Does an extra glass of wine take 30 minutes off your life? That’s ‘outlandish’

A few weeks ago, the media ran wild with an outlandish claim that an extra glass of wine will take ...
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Viewpoint: Why is the Guardian publishing anti-GMO activist Carey Gillam’s glyphosate lies?

Carey Gillam is an anti-GMO activist who once wrote for Reuters, but no longer does. An e-mail obtained from a FOIA ...
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Viewpoint: Organic Consumers Association promotes conspiracy theory blaming farm pesticides for school shootings

A crackpot named E. G. Vallianatos has written a blog post that links pesticides to school shootings. He says, "[Pesticides] may have ...
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Viewpoint: China’s push to export its traditional medicine threatens to pump up ‘pseudoscience’

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[T]raditional Chinese medicine is thoroughly institutionalized: Every major city has a traditional medicine hospital and university. A special government department exists ...
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Viewpoint: California’s looming coffee cancer warning shows how judges and lawyers can subvert science

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A judge in California is going to determine whether or not coffee causes cancer. Think about that. We live in ...
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Beepocalypse myth busting: Honey bees, not wild species, key for crop pollination—and they’re doing fine

Like GMOs and vaccines, misinformation is rife on the topic of bees. Fearmongers warn of a coming "Beepocalypse." The media ...
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