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FoodMedia & TechnologyScience

Kavin Can’t Even: A Fun GMO Quiz and MSNBC Joins Right-to-Know Bandwagon

We can’t expect MSNBC to be objective. I’m a liberal Democrat and even I know that. Still, I was extremely disappointed to see a recent poll on its website titled, “Do you think GMO labeling should be mandatory?” On its surface, this question isn’t incredibly problematic. It’s a simple yes …

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HealthParenting FailsScience

Kavin Can’t Even: Don’t be Inane, Autism is Innate. Bleach and Organic Foods Can’t Cure It.

Author’s note: This is the 4th in a series on science-related gaffes that should greatly hinder readers’ ability to “even.” Please share on social media with hashtag #KavinCantEven! While it certainly isn’t a recent phenomenon, the news of parents giving autistic children bleach enemas, otherwise known as “Miracle Mineral Solution,” …

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ActivismMedia & TechnologyScience

I’m a Science Shorty Award Finalist. Thank you!

I wanted to write a quick thank you note to everyone who nominated me for a Shorty Award in Science. The Hollywood Reporter announced finalists this morning, and I was flattered to see my name among such distinguished company as Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye! Despite accusations that I’m …

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FoodHealthPseudoscienceScience

Please Tweet to Nominate: Kavin is in the Running for a Shorty Award in Science!

Hi readers. Just a quick, shameless self-promo. If you read my work here, at Genetic Literacy Project, and at Skepchick, you’ll know that I’m passionate about science advocacy. I not only write and blog about science, but am active on Twitter and Facebook, engaging followers, answering questions, and providing accurate …

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FoodScience

No Food Babe, Your Detractors Aren’t Racists, Sexists, Haters, or Shills

My next post was going to be on common genetics-related myths GMO opponents believe about agriculture. Instead, I feel compelled to address this upsetting statement. I’m going to do this as quickly as possible because I’d rather spend my time debunking misinformation. On the evening of the release of her …

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FoodScience

Kavin Can’t Even: GMO Opponents Continue to Use Girl Scout as a Prop

For the second installment of #KavinCantEven, I bring you the three-year-long debacle that keeps going and going. The Facebook and Change.org campaign to remove GMO ingredients from Girl Scout cookies has been using Girl Scout Alicia Serratos for the past few years as a prop to persuade the organization to …

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FoodScience

Kavin Can’t Even: 80% of Americans want mandatory labels for food containing DNA

I appreciate the following I’ve garnered for my science advocacy writing. My readers are clever, kind, and willing to engage in civil, evidence-based discussion. As I’ve stated, “I loathe unsubstantiated fear-mongering, especially when it exploits scientific ignorance. I’m not a scientist by the traditional definition, but I have a unique …

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FoodHealthScience

My Finances Afford Me Organic, My Conscience Doesn’t

I’ve written extensively about my pro-biotech and pro-GMO views. The idea that the weight of my wallet reigns supreme on my priority list has been a frequent accusation of late. I’ve been advised to reassess my budget so that I can do my children the so-called favor of feeding them …

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BabiesPregnancy & Childbirth

Nineties Song “Closing Time” Isn’t About the End of a Night Out

Readers, please join me as I take a break from my science advocacy writing and reminisce. Four years ago around this time, I was large, uncomfortable, and more than ready to evict my first child from my fatigued body. Fast forward to the end of January, and with an audible …

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FoodHealthPseudoscienceScience

Why This Mom Boycotts Organic and Will Never Shop at Whole Foods

When I was pregnant with my daughter, family and friends began encouraging me to buy organic produce. I was always a critical thinker, and I doubted the touted benefits of organic food. Still, to appease family, my husband and I started purchasing organic apples, strawberries, and some of the other …

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