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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”.

Posted by David Zaruk

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.

Posted by David Zaruk

The Risk-Monger spent the day on a large Belgian farm having the opportunity to see the challenges and opportunities farmers are presently facing. I was able to tour the fields and barns, hear how they are trying to address sustainability questions.

Posted by David Zaruk

There is hypocrisy in the pesticide regulations when two natural but toxic pesticides used by the organic industry are clearly seen to kill bees and are still kept on the market. There is more evidence that the increased use of these organic toxins are responsible for pollinator declines than any synthetic pesticides like neonicotinoids.

Posted by David Zaruk

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

The rise of NITS is a growing problem today and regulators do not know how to control their viral spread across the European Union and the US. Their ravaging of the landscape is threatening areas where economic affluence was once taken for granted. Scientists have tried many measures to control NITS, but this has only accelerated their proliferation. The tools we have to protect society against NITS are inadequate and they are able to adapt, breed, mutate and feed on their surroundings like locusts.

Posted by David Zaruk

Precaution as a policy tool has been manipulated to meet activist agendas. On climate and GMOs, we see two different, contradictory perceptions of precaution applied. How can activists deal with this contradiction?

Posted by David Zaruk

  May is parade month in Brussels, but one cannot help but already notice the impressive parade of stupid marching through this town, and nowhere more can this be better exemplified than in the activism surrounding bee health and neonicotinoid pesticides. For much of the last four years, campaigners have been falling over themselves using… » read more

Posted by David Zaruk

On Earth Day, the Risk-Monger has decided to defend environmentalists. In this blog he will show that they are not criminals but merely social deviants and, unlike many Western politicians, feels that they should not be incarcerated for their campaigns.

Posted by David Zaruk

As the European Commission DG Santé will soon review their disastrous precautionary ban of neonicotinoid pesticides (what the NGOs and activist scientists conjured up a bee crisis for), I only have one message to the man tasked with this re-evaluation: Farmers matter!

Posted by David Zaruk

The recent International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) publication on glyphosate (a chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup) once again illustrates how international scientific bodies continue to put politics over science, run anti-industry witch-hunts and have become the playground for environmental activist predators using the cloak of an international body to try to give their campaigns a resemblance of credibility.

Posted by David Zaruk

Will negotiators in Brussels and Washington be able to agree on and push through a TTIP pact? Forget it. The anti-American, anti-TTIP campaigners inside the Brussels Bubble have sharpened their Eur-redneck knives and tongues to squash that gosling in its nest.

Posted by David Zaruk

Five years ago, the world was on the brink of collapse from catastrophic climate change. As fear-mongers got rich, the Risk-Monger had a rich picking of ridiculous cases of abusive PR and scientific activism. The Environmental-Industrial Complex has evolved over these five years, but is showing no signs of weakening its hold on our media attention, fear levels or pocket-books.

Posted by David Zaruk

The third and final activist bee science blog looks at how activist scientists have got into government panels like EFSA and are changing the way risk assessments are done. Laden with conflicts of interest, they have delegitimised the entire process and put the European Commission into a terribly compromised position. As the game plays out, nobody cares about the real victims – the farmers.

Posted by David Zaruk

Supply Chain Shame

Supply chains are hardly the source of innovation and product development. As the soft spot of industry competition and dirty tactics, the lack of cooperation and coordination along the supply chain signify industry weakness and opportunity for others. It will only worsen.

Posted by David Zaruk

This week, as a known activist and anti-industry lobbyist releases a “documentary” where she pretends to be a journalist, we see a good illustration of the need for a mechanism to separate the real journalists from the predators. Like lobbyists, journalists should have a transparency registry so innocent policy-makers and industry representatives can communicate in good faith, without deception and ulterior motives.

Posted by David Zaruk

The Risk-Monger shows that if the implementation of the precautionary principle were rational, then coffee would need to be banned. Fortunately, in this case, normative reflux steps in – our values and love of the benefits blinds us to the real risks and allows us to enjoy coffee despite the evidence.

Posted by David Zaruk