Joe Schwarcz

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Bird Poop Causing Obesity

Long before scientists provided detailed accounts of plant nutrition, ancient farmers learned through experience that crop yields decreased from year to year. Eventually they...

Are Organic Vegetables Healthier?

There were piles of all sorts of tomatoes in the produce aisle of the supermarket. But the ones that caught my attention sat neatly...

Glyphosate on Trial

In a decision that made headlines around the world, a California jury awarded $289 million dollars, a stunning amount, to a former groundskeeper for...

The Presence of a Chemical is Not the Same as Presence of Risk

“Chemical” is not a dirty word. Nor is it a synonym for “poison” or “toxin.” Chemicals are the basic building blocks of all matter...

Sense, Nonsense and Science: Pesticide Concerns

Over the last few years I’ve spoken at various agricultural conferences and have met many farmers.  But I’ve never heard a comment like: “Gee,...

Sense, Nonsense and Science: What Does “Organic” Actually Mean?

There is no doubt that the organic produce market is growing.  Some buy organic because they believe such foods are healthier, others do so...

Sense, Nonsense and Science: Organics

There is no doubt that the organic produce market is growing. Some buy organic because they believe such foods are healthier, others do so...

Sense, Nonsense and Science: The Glyphosate Conundrum

I do not think that glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world is a chemical from Hell, created by the devil, in...