Podcast: Is It Time To Quit ‘Baby’ Aspirin? The Tobacco Industry’s Scientific Denial.Dutch farmers protest
Join geneticist Kevin Folta and GLP contributor Cameron English in episode 184 of Science Facts and Fallacies to analyze the latest news stories.
Many adults have been told for years that low-dose aspirin can reduce the risk of heart attacks. However, evidence collected over the past six years shows that using pain relievers as a preventive measure is not always worth the risks, such as gastrointestinal irritation and bleeding. Changing guidelines is frustrating, but highlights the value of following them wherever the data leads.
The tobacco industry has perfected the denial of science. Using handpicked statistics and clever but misleading arguments, major tobacco companies continued political debates about their products years after evidence clearly showed smoking was deadly. With so many activist groups lobbying for a ban on low-risk pesticides, we face an interesting problem. Are rebels in the environmental movement copying the tactics of the tobacco industry?
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The Dutch government says it wants to take practical steps to reduce the dangers of climate change, including limiting greenhouse gas emissions from livestock farming. The country’s peasants have none of it. They say they have already cut their emissions significantly and can cut even more as new technologies enable more sustainable production. Farmers warn that the government’s proposed regulations will radically cut food production and exports. Prices are already very high due to the war and inflation in Ukraine.
Other countries also appear to model their emission reduction proposals on the Dutch government’s plans, and the dispute between Dutch farmers and politicians is the forerunner of what may unfold around the world. increase.
Kevin M. Folta is a professor, keynote speaker, and podcast host. Follow Professor Folta on Twitter @Kevin Folta
Cameron J. English is Director of Biological Sciences at the American Council on Science and Health.Visit his website and follow his ACSH on Twitter @ACSHorg