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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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Marco Rosaire Conrad-Rossi on Biology Fortified, Inc. | At the Vanguard of the Green Gene Movement and Beyond

Marco Rosaire Conrad-Rossi on Biology Fortified, Inc. | At the Vanguard of the Green Gene Movement and Beyond

Following his previous critique of Vandana Shiva’s eco-philosophy, GMO SF guest writer, Marco Rosaire Conrad-Rossi, is back to discuss Biology Fortified, Inc.In this piece, Conrad-Rossi begins discussing Mark Lynas’ transformation from GMO critic into advocate, then connects this individual transformation to the ongoing cultural transformation taking place surrounding GMO issues, with Biology…

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Steven Novella on the Scientific Consensus

Steven Novella on the Scientific Consensus

Steven Novella @ NeuroLogica Blog: I often refer to the “consensus of scientific opinion” and was asked to elaborate on exactly what that is and, more importantly, how it is determined. From a practical point of view, how can the average citizen get a handle on what the scientific consensus is on any given topic? For some burning questions, like whether or not there is significant anthropogenic…

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On Getting Near The Center of the Bullseye On The First Try

On Getting Near The Center of the Bullseye On The First Try

Quickly and With Some Degree of Confidence

Marc Brazeau:

One of the things that keeps me busy is administering and moderating a Facebook group called Food and Farm Discussion Lab and helping to moderate GMO SkeptiForum. This has led to a steady stream of requests for help find or evaluate information and evidence, often on things I know little about (i.e. vaccines, Morgellons). If I can, I try to…

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