times a year I find myself exiting the Florida’s Turnpike at Yeehaw Junction
and heading south. When I get to the
small town of Okeechobee I take a left and head down Route 98 through Florida’s
extensive agricultural backyard. Flanked
by Lake Okeechobee on the west and the affluent cities of the Atlantic coast off
to the east, the small towns nestled in this sliver of land support vibrant
production of sweet corn, cattle, lettuce, and sugarcane. Cane-derived sugar
ends up in many cupboards as table sugar, and also is found in many consumer
Hijacking a Conference's Credibility
If you'd like to lose a few pounds, poke around the Internet and read about food and farming.
Within ten minutes you will likely find that all of your favorite fare is poised to kill you, contributing to dozens of maladies from allergies, to autism, to Morgellons's disease, to impotence, to cancer. Is it true? Probably not. Why would people put such things on the web?
Things have been a little intense lately and the little voice in my head keeps begging, "How did I get here?"
In other times of quiet introspection the little voice in my head says, "What would you have done differently?"
I’ve been a critic of the Food Babe for a long time. Actually, I’ve been the critic of anyone that attempts to manipulate the public perception of science, while presenting zero scientific evidence. Especially deplorable are those that use fear to force a message, and scare people about safe food while profiting in the process.
It’s an old story now, but when ‘Food Babe’ Vani Hari visited my university to sell her science-blind worldview I was not exactly thrilled. We professors are tasked to teach from evidence, with foundation in a scholarly literature. Why would we subject our students to the daft rants of a dim food activist that lines her pockets by frightening people away from safe food?