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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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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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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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In Defense of Gluten Free

I can’t believe I’m about to say this  but here it is — I think it’s time to lay off the gluten free folks. Listen, I love a good science-based smackdown as much as the next gal, and I get that there’s SO MUCH to smack down here. Yes, the gluten free diet …

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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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FoodMedia & TechnologyPseudoscienceScience

Stop Indoctrinating Children into the Anti-GMO Cult

I find it adorable to see babies and kids with parents at political rallies. Shortly after my 18th birthday, I went to see Al Gore speak and was thrilled by the children towering over the crowd wearing various Democratic Party t-shirts, riding on parents’ shoulders. I have loved Michael Jackson …

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Weekend Reads: Science Discussion and Headlice, Texas, Breastfeeding, etc

Well hello hello! How’s everyone doing today?   If you’re looking for….some science: This paper takes a look at how parents use/cite science in online forums when discussing head lice.  Interesting discussion on how we process science when there’s no great science to be had.  Full paper here. If you’re …

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Minnesota School Districts Contribute to the Dumbing Down of America by Going GMO-free

Just yesterday, I saw alarming information on GMO Free USA’s Facebook page. Emblazoned in all caps on an image of happy kids I read, “MINNESOTA SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE WORKING TO REMOVE GMOs IN AN EFFORT TO ‘SUPPORT KIDS’ LONG TERM HEALTH.’” There is so much wrong with this message that …

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