t s not just another day in the office of environmental group X. Big decisions have to be made. Have they milked a phony scare of chemical Y to the point of diminishing returns, or are there still enough people to terrify to keep this one going? In the end it doesn t really matter, because chemical Y will eventually be replaced by chemical Z, and the scientific extortion process will start again.
Good Stories, Bad Science: A Guide for Journalists to the Health Claims of "Consumer Activist" Groups
The media frequently report claims by nonprofit consumer groups about alleged health hazards in our food supply and our environment. Often these claims are coupled with suggestions for specific actions to reduce the purported risk of disease or premature death by avoiding or reducing exposure to the allegedly harmful substance. The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), a consumer education group directed and advised by over 300 leading scientists and physicians, has reviewed many such reports and claims.