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Fast Food Restaurant Density Correlated To Lower Levels Of Obesity

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Psychology | Comments Off on Fast Food Restaurant Density Correlated To Lower Levels Of Obesity

We know that corporations go where their market is. Whole Foods sets up shop in wealthy, progressive counties while smaller companies like Monsanto market to rural farmers. What about fast food companies? The claims have been that since there are obese people near places where high densities of restaurants exist, the restaurants must cause the obesity. Less considered is that people might move to where more food choices are and where those are dense, such as in cities, people tend to be more educated.

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3 Ways Activists Gamed California’s Prop 65 List To Get Glyphosate On It

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Chemistry | Comments Off on 3 Ways Activists Gamed California’s Prop 65 List To Get Glyphosate On It

Glyphosate, a component of the popular herbicide commonly known as Roundup in the United States, has been placed on California's Proposition 65 list, which requires a cancer warning label on it, despite the fact no regulatory body can find evidence it harms anyone or anything other than what it is supposed to harm, much less that it causes any cancer.

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“Food Evolution”: A Tale Of Two Cities

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017 in Environment | Comments Off on “Food Evolution”: A Tale Of Two Cities

Last night was the premiere of "Food Evolution", a documentary on the science in our dinner, and I saw it with a large audience for the second time.

Wait, premiere? Second time? Which is it?

It's both. And that is how it became a tale of two cities. And maybe even a metaphor for the two Americas we now live in.

Two weeks ago I moderated a panel on communicating science and, more importantly, risk, at the University of Guelph, Canada's most prominent agriculture school. In the evening, there was a showing of "Food Evolution" in an auditorium there. I don't know how many people attended, it was packed, and before the movie there was a show of hands on how many people were okay with GMOs, how many distrusted them, and how many were unsure.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 Is Good – And So Is The Collectible Art

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Random Thoughts | Comments Off on Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 Is Good – And So Is The Collectible Art

When "Guardians of the Galaxy" was in development, I was skeptical. When I was a kid, they were simply different Avengers, in space. Seriously, they had a Major from America, an archer, a strong guy, etc. And everyone knows Marvel had sold off the movie rights to the popular characters to prevent bankruptcy so they had only B level characters left.

But one of those B-level characters was Iron Man, and Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr. and a whole team of four writers (usually a bad sign) turned in arguably the best superhero movie of all (1). And it just so happened other B-level characters made up The Avengers, and a boom was born.

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If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Science and Society | Comments Off on If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump

If RFK Jr. Wasn’t Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn’t Be Good Enough For Trump
Earlier today, President-Elect Donald Trump met with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and, at least according to RFK, Jr., wants the prominent Democratic anti-vaccine activist to head a commission on vaccine safety.

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Environmental Opportunity In A Trump Presidency

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Environment | Comments Off on Environmental Opportunity In A Trump Presidency

Though environmental activists are aghast that Republicans now control the White House, the Senate and the House for the first time since the 1920s, at least a few have come to some self-awareness that non-stop lobbying against jobs and poor people, and for higher regulations and cost, are to blame for why their candidate lost.

What they don't realize is that there is actually a great deal of opportunity for environmentalists during the Trump years. In most ways, he is a lot more like Democrats than he is like Republicans, they just need to stop being against everyone and everything except higher taxes and more federal rules.

It may be time to mix it up, when the writing is on the wall that being "anti-" is not working for anything except their bank statements.

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Baby Boomers Unbound: Marijuana Surges In The Elderly

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Pharmacology | Comments Off on Baby Boomers Unbound: Marijuana Surges In The Elderly

Baby Boomers Unbound: Marijuana Surges In The Elderly
When the oddly-named Baby Boom generation (the "boom" happened in 1946, after soldiers returned from World War II, it wasn't an entire generation) were young, it was the age of "Reefer Madness", with kids involved in manslaughter, suicide, and a whole bunch else thanks to marijuana.

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Mark Bittman Can’t Succeed In Food, So He’ll Teach It

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Science and Society | Comments Off on Mark Bittman Can’t Succeed In Food, So He’ll Teach It

Mark Bittman, cookbook guru and former New York Times columnist for those who self-identify as being the latest nutritional trend followers, has had success telling other people how to run their business - but was a giant flop when he actually had to implement his own vegan beliefs.

That has led to a sweet teaching gig at Columbia University, which tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health education you are taking out $72,000 per year in student loans to get.

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Environmentalists Have Gone To Their Bunkers Over Trump

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Science and Society | Comments Off on Environmentalists Have Gone To Their Bunkers Over Trump

Environmentalists almost certainly cost Secretary Hillary Clinton the election and now they want to act as a violent alternative to President-elect Trump. President Obama had consistently sided with environmentalists over jobs - an example was the Keystone XL pipeline - despite science and smart policy and that came back to haunt Democrats, who couldn't get back control of the Senate, stayed a minority in the House, and now lost the Presidency.

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Michael Pollan Doesn’t Just Hate Agriculture, He Hates All Scientists

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Chemistry | Comments Off on Michael Pollan Doesn’t Just Hate Agriculture, He Hates All Scientists

Michael Pollan Doesn’t Just Hate Agriculture, He Hates All Scientists

Michael Pollan, food activist and journalist, is the proverbial man trapped in the past in his latest piece for the New York Times, criticizing the Obama administration for not catering to his bizarre beliefs about how food production actually works, and along the way taking the opportunity to smear...me.

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