Thursday, May 29, 2014

A big shoutout to Mark Lorch for tackling chemical ignorance in his blog in Guardian.

Posted on May 27, 2014 by admin

Dr. Mark Lorch, who is a senior lecturer in biological chemistry at the UK’s University of Hull, seems to be channeling what we at ACSH have been saying for years: “Chemical” has become a pejorative word for no good reason (very bad reasons, really) and this is largely due to a fundamental lack of knowledge by the public, the inability of chemists to disseminate correct information, and, of course, the “scare industry” that plays upon unwarranted fears in order to sell “chemical free” nonsense.

In his piece, “Manmade or natural, tasty or toxic, they’re all chemicals,” Lorch clearly spells out the common misconceptions involving chemicals and chemistry:
That the terms chemical and poison are interchangeable. Even the Oxford Dictionary defines a chemical as “a distinct compound or substance, especially one which has been artificially prepared or purified.”

Yet, the misconceptions persist, and even flourish, despite the attempts of scientists to debunk them. Why?....To Read More.....

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