Friday, May 27, 2016

What Organic and Chemical Actually Mean: A Glossary of Hijacked Terms

Posted on by Alex Berezow

The language of science has been hijacked. Those who are looking to make a quick buck (or in the case of the organic industry, 43 billion bucks) have no qualms about twisting the definition of highly precise scientific terminology to suit their own profit-driven agendas. Misinterpreting scientists’ words is also a common tactic employed by fearmongering environmentalists and activists.

In fact, the problem of hijacked scientific terminology is so great that ACSH’s Dr. Josh Bloom wrote an entire book about it.

So, in honor of Dr. Bloom’s new book, I have created a brief glossary of the some of the most commonly abused, misused, and misunderstood scientific terms. (Notably, the health food and fad diet industries are among the biggest abusers.)

Organic..... Essentially, it is a feel-good word without any meaning.....

Chemical..... Everything is a chemical. You are a collection of chemicals......
Pesticide..... This would explain why organic food companies claim to grow their food “without pesticides.” But that’s simply not true.....
Toxin..... The public uses the word “toxin” synonymously with “chemical.” That is very, very wrong.....

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