Pesticides

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The journal Environmental Health Perspectives publishes any study linking a chemical to any bad outcome. Today s junkpile: a poorly conceived, poorly analyzed, data-dredged propaganda piece which strains to find a link between pesticides and autism. And fails.
ACSH friend (and the creator of the enormously popular Science 2.0 website) has the uncanny ability to sniff out bad (and hypocritical) science, and when he does, he is not shy about speaking his mind. This time he goes after the radical environmental group Friends of the Earth, and by the time they read his piece they will not be Friends of Hank.
It s starting to feel a little bit like summer on the East coast now, which means people are clean up their yards and gardens. And that means using chemicals, which according to an op-ed by
Am I going to be an outcast? A friend, who recently moved to an upscale neighborhood in Madison, Wis., called me last week to ask if she would be able to make mommy friends if she continued
Today we give a big shoutout to Hank Campbell, whose Science 2.0 blog is one of the most popular sites a wide variety of science and health issues. Campbells s thought provoking piece, Organic Food Does Not Reduce Cancer Risk will really make you wonder if the organic lifestyle you may be adhering to makes any sense. Campbell s conclusion: No way.
Melinda Wenner Moyer, a science writer and mother, curious about whether it was really necessary to feed her son organic instead of conventional produce took matters into her own hands and did research
CNN s Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed David Jack, an editor from Men s Health about five foods one should supposedly never eat. And the ridiculous claims made by Jack were soaked right up by Gupta. James Cooper sums up the
Fear of chemicals all around us, especially in our food, can be of great concern to the consumer. However, such concerns (or even fears) are unfounded based on the science.
Year in and year out, agricultural pesticides have been the subject of considerable fear-mongering, leaving the typical consumer with the impression that these chemicals taint much of our food supply and are harmful to human health. In fact, just the opposite is closer to the truth. The published scholarly literature has failed to turn up evidence of adverse human health effects from use of modern pesticides in the real world.
Year in and year out, agricultural pesticides have been the subject of considerable fear-mongering, leaving the typical consumer with the impression that these chemicals taint much of our food supply and are harmful to human health. In fact, just the opposite is closer to the truth. The published scholarly literature has failed to turn up evidence of adverse human health effects from use of modern pesticides in the real world. Furthermore, in light of the current economic perturbations, as well as the progressive severity of worldwide food shortages and the resulting malnutrition and spiking prices of basic food commodities, the claims that these pesticides pose a threat to human health are false, misleading and dangerously irresponsible.