Vani Hari

Colour to Dye For

June 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Edited by Peter There are many people I interact with on a daily basis who I believe have an irrational fear of chemicals. Not a specific chemical, but chemicals in general which, as a chemist, I find utterly ridiculous. The origins of this chemophobia may lie in the past use of chemical weapons and industrial disasters, but it has since moved into the realm of fantasy where specific chemicals are given unfavorable properties they don’t have. Fanning the flames of this irrational fear is a [...]

The Intentionally Misleading Food Babe

January 29, 2016 // 8 Comments

Edited by Peter I have previously written about the Food Babe and her obsession with demanding that certain chemicals must not be used in the manufacture of food simply because they have alternative industrial uses. I gave an example of how in 2013, she led a campaign to ban the use of azodicarbonamide in the production of Subway sandwiches because it also happens to be used in manufacture of certain plastics. By linking the two together, the Food Babe struck gold as it fed into people’s [...]