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Richard Green: GMOs in Food and Medicine: An Overview

Richard Green: GMOs in Food and Medicine: An Overview

Our guest-writer, Richard Green is back to give an overview of genetic-modification. In this piece, Green provides historical context of regulations surrounding GM technology, highlighting differences in public perception and science between GM foods and medicine. If you would like to be a guest-writer for Skepti-Forum, check out our page for more information.

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Why Living ‘Chemical-Free’ is Totally Impossible

Why Living ‘Chemical-Free’ is Totally Impossible

Marygrace Taylor @ You Beauty: It’s easy to get freaked out about chemicals and wish for a “chemical-free” planet—until you understand what chemicals really are.

During a time when eating as naturally and organically as possible is a goal that so many of us aspire to, it seems that there’s been an equal rise in the wariness of chemicals. For some, this negative connotation and suspicion of…

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Scientists are pushing ‘chemical-free’ nonsense in academic journals

Scientists are pushing ‘chemical-free’ nonsense in academic journals

Mark Lorch @ The Conversation: “Chemists have long protested the use of the term “chemical-free” in marketing, particularly when used to promote organic produce.”

Almost 4,000 peer-review papers report the existence of chemical-free products and these include publications from the American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry.  Peer-review is the gold standard among academics to…

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Relax, cell phones and Wi-Fi won’t make you sick

Relax, cell phones and Wi-Fi won’t make you sick

Joseph Stromberg @ Vox: Last month in Washington state, local residents protested the installation of smart meters on the grounds that the devices’ wireless signals could pose a health threat. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, parents’ health concerns about wireless internet (Wi-Fi) in schools prompted a government field test.

Most researchers don’t believe that people who think they’re getting sick…

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The Guardian: French organic winegrower fined for refusing to spray grapes with pesticide

The Guardian: French organic winegrower fined for refusing to spray grapes with pesticide

Anne Penketh: Emmanuel Giboulot supported by green groups after refusing to spray grapes against flavescence dorée disease in Burgundy

The winegrower, Emmanuel Giboulot, had faced a possible six month jail sentence and €30,000 fine for refusing to spray his chardonnay and pinot noir grapes against an insect blamed for spreading a lethal disease known as flavescence dorée. It is attacking the…

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