ActivismFoodPseudoscienceScience

Dear Amanda Peet, GMOs Need You!

Dear Amanda Peet, As you may know, your bestie Gwyneth Paltrow recently asked her Twitter followers to join forces with anti-GMO activists and demand labeling of GMO food. It seems the woman who recommends limes to folks on food stamps and wood-burning pizza ovens in the garden for the rest of …

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I Don’t Need Your Birth Feminism

Mariah Sixkiller’s Why I Am a Birth Feminist is one of the most privileged and myopic pieces of drivel I have ever read. Why exactly is she a birth feminist? Is it because she wants to see improved birth outcomes for women in third world countries? No. Is it because she wants to fight …

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ActivismFoodScience

Is Chipotle Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

Several months ago I went to talk to a few fifth graders about GMOs. I was having a hard time explaining the whole GMOs-are-a-process-not-a-thing thing, when I finally just said — Okay, here’s what they’re NOT. You don’t take a giant scoop of GMOs out of your GMO jar and add it to the cereal. That’s not …

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Dear Planned Parenthood: You ROCK for Helping Patients Donate Fetal Tissue

It’s not a day that ends in “y” if anti-choice extremists don’t try to discredit or defund Planned Parenthood. When I worked for a Planned Parenthood affiliate, extremist terrorist groups targeted us, along with other affiliates relentlessly. Groups like Live Action and its spin-off the Center for Medical Progress used a variety of tactics to try …

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ActivismHealthPoliticsScience

Follow The Money: Why You Can’t Trust the EWG’s Ethically-Challenged Sunscreen Guide

It’s hard to find a more successful and widely accepted fear-mongering campaign than the Environmental Working Group’s annual Sunscreen Guide. Every year, the EWG “shames” sunscreens made with scary-sounding ingredients like oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, and the public accepts their word for it. The EWG’s scare tactics aren’t just erroneous. They’re also unethical. They sell …

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ActivismAtheism

Atheists Stop Saying This Please

Neil Carter, who blogs at the Patheos Atheist Portal at Godless in Dixie , has an excellent response to recent statements by Lawrence Krause about the teaching of creationism by parents, appropriately entitled “Stop Saying that Teaching Creationism is Child Abuse”. A tip of the hat to FtB’s Ed Brayton for bringing …

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ActivismScience

GMOs, Rachel Parent, and Jake Lutick-Fuller: What separates a child ideologue from a child activist?

I recently wrote a story about Jake Lutick-Fuller, after interviewing the 10-year-old science activist who wants to be a genetic engineer when he grows up. Jake isn’t your everyday kid with a volcano at the school science fair. The mushroom and mycology aficionado likes to trek through the forest weekly, …

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ActivismFoodHealthPseudoscience

Why Does the “Right to Know” Movement Care More About GMOs Than Food Allergies?

My daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Unlike GMOs, these foods present a real danger. It’s not hypothetical and it’s not overprotective parenting. I’ve seen her skin break out in hives and her ear swell after eating a few bites of a piece of contaminated wheat bread. Every …

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ActivismFoodPoliticsScience

Similac Doesn’t Care About Your Outrage

When Similac announced its decision to market GMO free formula last week, some science advocates were outraged. To me, it made perfect sense. GMO free may be no better than ordinary formula, but that makes no difference to Similac. Their customers want a GMO free product. And just like Chipotle, Similac has answered the demand. Monsanto, a company …

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MAMyths Goes to Washington, DC

This past Saturday, I flew into DC to be part of the March Against Myths — the first counter-protest to the March Against Monsanto. Like any decent shill, I came in on my private jet, sipping champagne and snacking on corn tinged with the blood of Indian farmers. Apologies if that rhetoric seems extreme. I was …

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