In the case of Malthus and his modern descendants like Paul Ehrlich, science rebuffed them by giving us improved fertilizers, stronger pesticides, better engineered feed and livestock, all of which have helped to spur an agricultural bonanza. Instead of worries about famine, modern science has made food so plentiful that for the first time in world history the poorest people can afford to be fat. Science has also given us antibiotics to prevent diseases that a century ago took so many lives. We have vaccines to prevent scourges that once plagued mankind. We can cure hepatitis C, We can now even use a vaccine to prevent some cancers.
Why would activists want us to go backward from that? They do. They insist real science is scary and the old ways were better.
Real science is what the American Council on Science and Health is all about. The Council was founded in 1978 by a group of scientists with a singular focus: to publicly support evidence-based science and medicine. We were created to be the science alternative to attention-grabbing “news” that is often little more than hype – based on exaggerated findings – and to help consumers and policymakers see past scaremongers and well-funded activist groups who have targeted the wonderful life and the things in it that science has made possible. ACSH fights for science – for the benefit of people everywhere.
The end of the world is not near. But the end of the year is. As we bid adieu to 2017, I hope you will reach into your wallet or purse and pull out the marvel of technology known as a plastic credit card. And click here or even here – but don’t click here (I told you not to click that one). Then just fill out the necessary information to make a tax-deductible donation and help ACSH start 2018 strong.
We don’t wade into the swamp and ask for government money, we don’t accept advertising, and foundations cover only 30 percent of our annual budget. The rest is provided by you; donors who care about science and health and who recognize that articles about how food is safe will never be as sexy as miracle vegetables that promise to cure aging or how banning all chemicals will make sure every kid gets into Harvard.
Thank you. And please accept our best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year.
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