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In their latest move to protect consumers from deadly chemicals that aren't deadly, the member states of the European Union have voted to set legal limits on the amount of acrylamide in foods. Acrylamide, of course, is the chemical naturally formed when foods containing large amounts of carbohydrates that also contain protein are cooked at high temperatures — think fried and baked potatoes and bread, and many many other foods (even coffee).

A couple of years ago the European Food Safety Authority said that acrylamide is a carcinogenic risk for all age groups. The folks behind a lot of this attention is a "sustainability pressure group" called Changing Markets. Like similar American groups, they made...

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABack in March, after years of political deadlock, the European Union finally passed a bill allowing the growing of genetically engineered crops by member states. However, there was a caveat: Countries wishing to opt out, could, continuing bans on these enhanced crops, but they had until October 3 to decide.

Quite expectedly, EU countries have been falling over each other to exempt themselves from the new law. Thus far, 19 out of 28 member states have reportedly done so, choosing instead to continue their long-standing protests against science. It's a list that includes Austria, Denmark, Bulgaria, Croatia, Malta,...

AgBiotechAn editorial in Monday's Wall Street Journal, entitled Germany Versus Science, summarizes the European Union's decades-long flight from science indeed from common sense and consistency. These un- or even anti-science positions are driven by many idées fixes, baseless myths and superstitions, promulgated by so-called "consumer groups" and by deep green "environmentalists," allegedly concerned about Mother Earth. Although many are even more deeply...

bee-on-the-flower-567107-mFor some reason, or perhaps not, safe and effective modern pesticides of the neonicotinoid class (neonics) have had a target painted on them by anti-chemical activists based in Europe, for about a decade now. Ironically, these chemicals were developed in response to (baseless, but politically potent) claims of adverse health effects of older classes of pesticides. And, indeed, the neonics became very popular among farmers for their safety and efficacy against common pests.

Then, beginning around 2009, a campaign focused on their alleged harms to honeybee populations began to gain...

Vaping, NOT SmokingA few months ago, we made mention of a legal assault on the bizarrely, perversely unscientific and harmful European Union s (EU) Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), launched by a British e-cig/vapor company, Totally Wicked by name. At that time, TW had received an acceptance from a UK Administrative court to proceed up the ladder of bureaucracy, the byzantine complexity of which rules the EU process (to explain it further would boggle the mind).

Yesterday, that next hurdle was...

Plastics! Nothing to Fear...In a surprisingly pro-science stance, the European Commission has swatted away a rebellion by the Danish environmental authorities to race ahead of the science and institute a ban on 4 types of phthalates. These plasticizer chemicals have been targeted by many environmental and consumer NGOs over the past 15 years or so, for allegedly being endocrine disruptors and contributing to every known human ailment, from obesity to infertility to cancer to autism to...

Dr. Gilbert Ross on TheParliament.com, December 9, 2013

Europe's 'Vapers' must unite against the EU's 'unelected and unaccountable' attempts to sabotage the use and availability of eCigarettes, warns Gilbert Ross.

Two months ago, when the European parliament took up deliberations on the...[Read more.]

EU Parliament, StrasbourgWhat a surprise! After long months of anxiety bordering on panic among devotees of public health regarding the EU s upcoming deliberations on how to deal with the burgeoning e-cigarette market, the lawmakers in Strasbourg voted not to ban, or even seriously restrict, the quit-smoking devices. As was completely appropriate given that the propaganda spewing from the public health nonprofits and most government...

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When the EU adopted the anti-science precautionary principle as its guiding paradigm a decade or more ago, we don t think anyone (except perhaps its anti-progress advocates) had any idea how low the regulatory process would stoop in service of its ideology. This misguided concept asserts that any process or substance which has not been proven safe should be restricted or banned out of an excess of precaution, until such time as such proof can be obtained. The fact that proving a negative is impossible and unscientific is not taken into account, nor is the fact that if...

ElectronicCigaretteIn a predictable yet still tragic outcome, a key committee of the EU Parliament yesterday voted to effectively ban electronic cigarettes containing more than a minimum level of nicotine. E-cigarettes which are being increasingly used by addicted smokers as an aid to quit deadly, addictive cigarettes are now at risk of being taken off the market by the perversely unscientific, counterproductive European Parliament, and being...