Capitalising on Corona – Vandana Shiva – #1

March 31, 2020 // 11 Comments

In recent months, quacks and charlatans of all kinds have been rubbing their hands with glee, as a novel coronavirus – which at this moment in time has no vaccine or specific treatment – brings the world to its knees. In an attempt to capitalise on this pandemic, these self-proclaimed experts both rely on, and amplify, the general public’s growing angst, whilst simultaneously shoehorning in their particular flavour of conspiracy and quackery. The spread of misinformation and [...]

Why Does Greenpeace like Butterflies?

January 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

In the past, I have asked what appears to be, at first glance, two very silly sounding questions toward Greenpeace. Why do they like watermelons? And why do they like grapefruits? As nonsensical as these questions sound, they are, in my opinion, the most important ones to be asking the organisation right now. This is because they show Greenpeace’s opposition to GMOs to be based on ideology, ignorance, and fear, and not a concern for the environment. They show that their position isn’t just [...]

Six Degrees of Pseudoscience

September 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Those who make a living spreading bullshit and misinformation are a very small incestuous group. What I always find fascinating is that when I find a new pseudoscience proponent to shoot down with cold, hard logic, and indisputable facts, they are always in some way connected to someone else I have previously talked about.  1 – Gilles-Éric Séralini – Author of the highly discredited paper ‘Long-term Toxicity of a Roundup Herbicide and a Roundup-Tolerant Genetically Modified [...]

#127 – Conflict of Interest in IARC Report

May 8, 2016 // 2 Comments

  This time the nerds are joined by David Zaruk from The Risk Monger. Both David and James were mentioned in a times article for their stance on the IARC glyphosate monograph. David has found that conflicts of interest could explain the working groups choice to class glyphosate as a possible carcinogen. Find more from David [...]

#118 – Zika Virus & Conspiracies

February 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

The nerds talk through some of the recent conspiracies surrounding the outbreak of Zika virus in Southern America. From GMO experiments in population control to a pesticide that will limit the outbreak. Groups of people are using this outbreak to push their fear agenda at the cost of human lives and [...]

#097 – Glyphosate Probably Doesn’t Cause Cancer

October 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Myles and James review the recent report from the WHO’s IARC devision on glyphosate. In May 2015 the IARC released a press release detailing their findings on 5 herbicides, one being glyphosate, the active ingredient in roundup. This report is a shockingly poor example of scientific reporting and is written in such a manner to mislead the readers. The authors use of words and lack of citations is of real concern and paints an unfair, potentially biased view on the safety of glyphosate. [...]

#094 – FOIA to Attack a Scientist

September 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Myles and James are joined once again by Kevin Folta to talk about the outcome from the FOIA requests. Kevin is being accused of being in the pocket of Big Agro for having a fund allowing him to engage the public about what the science actually says. Find more about Kevin here: [...]

#087 – Who’s afraid of BT Cotton with Fred Perlak from Monsanto

July 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

This week Myles and James are joined by Fred Perlak from Monsanto co. Fred was part of the original team that developed and later launched Bt cotton. Fred went on to be VP of Monsanto co in Hawaii and became a distinguished science fellow. We were lucky enough to get an hour of Fred’s time to ask him what ever we liked. A nice review written by Fred on the topic of BT Fred can be found here and he is on [...]

Fact Checking March Against Monsanto Protesters #3

February 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have previously made videos critical of Sue Mallender and Tracey Lloyd, who gave speeches at the March Against Monsanto protest in Nottingham last year. There was no passion behind anything these women said; nor were they able to get the crowd worked up on that particularly wet day. There was, however, one person that day who had done her homework. Someone who was also a speaker but, unlike the other two, had charisma and passion. Her name was Kay Haw and in this video I am going to critique [...]

Fact Checking March Against Monsanto Protesters #1

December 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

The first in a series of videos fact checking some of the speakers from the March Against Monsanto protest in Nottingham. In this video, Myles discusses a speech given by Tracey Lloyd – who believes that there is independent research out there that proves the dangers of the process of genetic modification. If you would like more information on the events of that day, it was covered in a League of Nerds podcast March Against Monsanto – The League of Nerds Video based on ‘What [...]

More Nonsense from March Against Monsanto Protestors

November 16, 2014 // 3 Comments

Edited by Peter I have previously written articles critical of Sue Mallender and Tracey Lloyd, who gave speeches at the March Against Monsanto protest in Nottingham earlier this year. As well as being factually incorrect and misleading, their speeches were about as interesting as a wet fart. There was no passion behind anything these women said; nor were they able to get the crowd worked up on that particularly wet day back in May. They also did not have the knowledge or the understanding to [...]

How the Video ’10 Worrying Facts About Genetically Modified Food’ Misled Its Viewers

May 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The video ’10 Worrying Facts About Genetically Modified Foods’ is a prime example of why we should be ridiculing the vast majority of people opposed to genetic engineering instead of listening to their purposely uneducated and uninformed views on the technology. Most of the “facts” contained in this video are trivial to counter and often are not about the technology at all. For example, one states that a scientist had their family threatened if they were to release research that showed [...]