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The Real Housewives of Wooville

I’ve given up a lot since becoming a skeptic. I’ve stayed away from Whole Foods. Left behind some seriously tasty GMO-free chips. I can’t even read a Mark Bittman recipe anymore, and I used to live by his frittatas, okay? But now pseudoscience is threatening something essential to the very …


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 …


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 …


Meet the Pro-Vax Bullies

As National Infant Immunization Week winds down, it seems like a good time to take a good look at the Vaccine Bullies. According to countless anti-vaccine blogs and memes they’re everywhere, pushing a pro vax agenda and stepping all over parents’ freedom. It turns out that pro-vaccine bullies in my town are …


Happy Earth Day. Please Save Me.

Today is Earth Day, a day set aside for saving the planet, but I’m hoping this year someone will save me instead. Save me from the crusaders. It’s not that there’s no reason for Earth Day. The Earth is still screwed, I’m sure, but it’s difficult to hear anything about, say, climate change over …

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Team Snarky Science v. The Food Babe – Does Everyone Have to Play?

You don’t have to tell me the Food Babe is an idiot. I’m completely on board. You had me at Pumpkin Spice Latte contains no actual pumpkin. Her shtick is a mess of misunderstandings of science at best and outright lies at worst. Basically, she’s full of shit. And, of course, …


Can You Afford a Food Allergy?

The other day I decided to do my weekly grocery shopping at a nearby location of a DC area organic grocery chain called MOMs. Usually I shop at Trader Joes, but we were experiencing our annual post-apocalyptic snow event and MOMs is closer to home. Plus, if you’re looking for nut-free …


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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9 things I wish the anti-vaccine parents would admit

Generally, I love a debate. But as I get older, I no longer debate guns or vaccines. Those are two topics that I stay away from, just to save my own sanity. But today, I don’t know, something moved me. I wasn’t going to write about this. Then we had …

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Internet Vaccine “Research” and Google U

The other day, I was reading one of those seemingly perpetual discussions in parenting groups about vaccines. I doubt I have to tell anyone reading this the various arguments that get thrown around on either side, but something struck me this time around that I’ve noticed before – the idea …