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The deception of the "non-toxic" label

I’ve long been a skeptic of products with labels like “all natural”, “organic”, and “non-toxic”. There is significant misunderstanding about what these words mean, yet an increasing segment of the population appears to be singling out products with these labels because they are under the impression that: 533 more words


Revolution on Tuesday, factions by Friday: When efforts self-destruct

To continue with a theme I started yesterday on outrage fostered by social media, I found this relevant piece by Thomas Friedman: Social Media: Destroyer or Creator?  503 more words


BAD PR - A Talk By Michael Marshall

“You can’t believe everything you read in the papers.”

Everyone knows this, but few people realise this truism extends far beyond the celebrity pages and gossip columns, and spills into ‘real’ news. 185 more words

Skeptics In The Castle

Willingness to Pay in Different Countries

by Patrick Quarberg

In an attempt to determine the consumer’s willingness to pay for climate change mitigation, Carlson et al.(2012) conducted a survey in three countries in 2010; China, Sweden, and the United States. 408 more words

Economic Valuation

ENERGY STAR for Commercial Buildings is Unreliable

Many people are familiar with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ENERGY STAR program as it pertains to consumer products.  The most ubiquitous place to see their logo is on home appliances.  1,129 more words


Food Babe Is Selling GMOs

Her virulent protests and bluster to the contrary, it can now be revealed that Vani Hari (the “Food Babe”) is selling a product with an ingredient that’s derived from genetically modified corn. 754 more words

Food Babe