Rather than getting angry at the latest Environmental Working Group (EWG) propaganda, I chuckled with the most recent example from Ken Cook’s nettlesome group.
Cook is EWG president and now he has resorted to panhandling to raise money for EWG to continue spewing its stream of misinformation.
When I saw an EWG email seeking $41,430 to reach a $120,000 “research” project goal and “push back against Big Ag,” it conjured up a vision of a street corner beggar holding up a cardboard sign pleading for money.
Pleading for $41,430 from such a powerful, self-anointed “environmental watchdog” group that boasts of 1.2 million supporters?
A day later, another plea went out for $18,762 to meet the $41,430 goal. Just 1,820 kick in $10 per head to continue “research that Big Ag is so scared of,” Cook pleads. “As a thank you, we'll send you a free Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce bag tag.” Wow what a premium. Toting that into the local supermarket produce section would be a big hit.
Begging for pennies online when it has boasted in the past of dragging in $6 million a year from foundations and individuals sounds like EWG may be up against the wall financially after years of fear mongering and false and misleading claims about everything from cosmetics to water.
Consumers and industry are tired of it and are fighting back. The Alliance for Food and Farming has pushed back hard against the so called EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of pesticide tainted fruits and vegetables. The alliance convened an expert panel with scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency, UC Davis, the University of Michigan, the University of Kansas, and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, which wrote that the EWG’s report “is misleading to consumers in that it is based only upon exposure data while remaining silent about available information on the assessment of the toxicity of pesticides.”
For years, EWG’s Dirty Dozen received widespread media exposure while agriculture scrambled to counter it. Now with agriculture united behind the alliance and responding quickly to the annual EWG publicity stunt, the radical environmental group does not get the play it once did.
Scientists say that this EWG list is actually misleading to consumers and should not be used when making purchasing decisions about fruits and vegetables, counters the alliance. 79 percent of toxicologists surveyed say that the EWG is guilty of over-estimating risk to consumers.
Cook’s meddling in childhood vaccines has gone beyond environmental whackoism. He claimed a conspiracy theory that vaccines have led to a spike in autism. The vaccine-autism scare is totally bogus, according to Activistcash.com.
There’s a good chance that Cook’s fear mongering has led to actual damage; there have been outbreaks of measles and other diseases as a result of the vaccine/autism scam. EWG is literally putting children at risk of devastating childhood illnesses by propagating this phony science. That borders on criminal.
One can only guess how much damage EWG’s campaign against sun screen has done — how many will forego UV-blockers because the EWG has confused them on the issues?
Those street corner beggars are often scam artist, just like Cook and his EWG.
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