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NGOs, activist scientists, organic lobbyists and IARC have been campaigning to ban glyphosate in the EU with no scientific evidence but a lot of public fear. In the Age of Stupid, they will succeed, but until then, we need to take a moment to acknowledge how good glyphosate has been.

Posted by David Zaruk

Part 6 deals with Stupid’s strategy to remove industry from being a legitimate actor or stakeholder in policy debates. They have been very successful in denormalising tobacco, now fossil fuels and biotech, and soon pharmaceuticals. By denying industry to share its research, views and concerns, they have become pariahs who pay taxes.

Posted by David Zaruk

Why do people willingly believe nonsense? How is it possible for people to convince others to act without facts, evidence or rationality? Commonality is a communications process developed to deceive – patented in 1930s Germany but only now reaching its full potential with the rise of social media. It is time to forego academic taboos and discuss the dangers of commonality.

Posted by David Zaruk

The Activist Playbook presents a simple tool that anyone can use to win campaigns (even if your issue is stupid). There are 12 simple steps that we can find in most NGO campaigns.

Posted by David Zaruk

Eco-fundamentalism is a religious dogma that allows stupid to thrive via a naturalogic that puts faith over evidence.

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Part 2 in the ten-part series on how to deal with stupid looks at how stupid gets its wings. With the growth of social media, bad ideas, virally spread and well repeated in a form of mass-messaging, do not leave most people with enough time to reflect on whether the arguments are valid, or, well, just plain stupid.

Posted by David Zaruk

Part 1 of a 10-part series, Stupid needs to be redefined. As social media outpaces governance structures, stupid proliferates, creating bad policy, public fear and a decline in the value of expertise.

Posted by David Zaruk

Most people think that organic produce is pesticide-free. This is what the organic food lobby wants you to think, but the reality is that they are often more toxic to humans, bees and the environment. Here is the Risk-Monger’s Dirty Dozen of organic-approved pesticides – all of them being more toxic than glyphosate.

Posted by David Zaruk

The media ignored IARC’s cancer risks from red meat, but not their report on glyphosate. Why is there no outrage? Perhaps because news today is decided by marketing managers measuring what we want to hear.

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The pesticide industry has to choose between moral integrity or defending its products from attacks by the NGO activists and organic food industry lobby and allowing conventional farmers to bring sufficient food to market. They have chosen integrity so products will be taken off of the market.

Posted by David Zaruk

This is the second part of yesterday’s blog. After reading a pro-organic campaigner come up with 10 rather weak reasons to feed your family organic, I challenged myself to do the same for why you should not, and within minutes, found myself with almost 20. Here are the second ten – you do not need to accept all, but if you accept more than three, then you should not consider yourself as pro-organic.

Posted by David Zaruk

After reading a pro-organic campaigner come up with 10 rather weak reasons to feed your family organic, I challenged myself to do the same for why you should not, and within minutes, found myself with almost 20. Here are the first ten – you do not need to accept all, but if you accept more than three, then you should not consider yourself as pro-organic.

Posted by David Zaruk

This is the third in a series that looked at how the hazard-based regulatory approach has led to the contrapreneur pushing the precautionary principle to challenge the achievements of entrepreneurs. This irrationality is only possible in a world where expediency is the political virtue – Welcome to Brussels!

Posted by David Zaruk

An expedient policy process relying on precaution and hazard-based regulations has allowed contrapreneurs to cement their anti-innovation strategy at the heart of Brussels

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The organic lobby’s war on science and biotech follows a Neo-McCarthyist path of intimidation and propaganda. It is a dark day for research when individual liberties are sacrificed for a political argument.

Posted by David Zaruk

The Great Plague of London showed the precautionary principle at its worst when they killed the cats. Today environmental zealots seem to find delight in “drowning kittens”.

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The organic industry has tried to justify lower yields by shifting the argument towards the amount of food we waste. The logic is that we could produce enough organically to feed the world if we just stop waste. This logic is flawed.

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A recent BBC Panorama report shows the evident lack of science in Greenpeace’s position on GMOs. Former head of Greenpeace UK calls their position “morally unacceptable”. Kumi Naidoo needs to show leadership and accept the science on GMOs.

Posted by David Zaruk

Trust no one and demand a label. This is core to today’s transparency narrative. Why then do industries who are not trusted continue to think they can resist demands for labelling. The answer is simple – just label it. Most of us won’t bother to read the label and those who do would never buy your product anyway.

Posted by David Zaruk