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Glyphosate on Trial

16 Aug 2018

First of all, let’s point out that this trial dealt with occupational exposure to glyphosate and had nothing to do with trace amounts of the chemical in our food supply. Nevertheless, the...

Book Review: Pandora's Lab

4 Oct 2017

An idiot is dumber than an imbecile, who is dumber than a moron. The word “moron” was first derived from the Greek in 1910 to identify individuals with an IQ score between 51 and 70. It may sound...

The Chlorpyrifos Controversy

7 Jun 2017

“Science not silence,” screamed the signs carried by many of the marchers in a number of American cities last Earth Day.

An Apple A Day...

20 Mar 2017

There are many environmental groups that raise legitimate and thoughtful questions about chemical issue. The Environmental Working Group is not one of them. This organization is dedicated to...

Bee Buzz

20 Mar 2017

Bees are critical to agriculture, there is no doubt about that. They fertilize various crops by spreading the pollen that they collect to meet their protein and fat needs. Recently there has been...

Are Chemists Suffering from Chemophobiaphobia?

20 Mar 2017

Most chemistry conferences these days feature a session on the “public understanding of chemistry.” Usually speakers express frustration about equating the term “chemical” with “toxin” or “poison,”...

Methyl Iodide In Strawberries

20 Mar 2017

Now it’s toxic strawberries from California! “Will strawberry shortcake be known for causing cancer, birth defects and miscarriages,” asks a widely circulating article on the web. Well, no. Not...

Why are bees vanishing?

20 Mar 2017

Maybe it’s a virus. Maybe a fungus. Maybe parasitic mites. Maybe pesticides. Maybe electromagnetic radiation from cellular phones. Nobody seems to know what is causing bees to just vanish.