Wednesday May 06, 2015

Monkeys to molecules, Joe Schwarcz dispels myths about science

In an age of infinite online information, the problem is no longer finding health and nutrition advice... it's knowing who to trust.  McGill University's Joe Schwarcz is doing his best to separate the facts from the myths -- relying on a novel technique called the scientific method.

In an age of infinite online information, the problem is no longer finding health and nutrition advice... it's knowing who to trust. McGill University's Joe Schwarcz is doing his best to separate the facts from the myths -- relying on a novel technique called the scientific method. (Jameziecakes, Flickr cc)

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Food-The Food Babe

Blogger Vani Hari, the 'Food Babe,' led a campaign for Subway to remove the additive azodicarbonamide from its bread, but has been accused by scientists of fear-mongering. (Courtesy Vani Hari via Associated Press)

Vani Hari, is known to the world as the "Food Babe" and has in fact become a trusted source of advice for many on her blog. She's a crusader against chemicals in food, and the food industry in general. She opposes all-things GMO, and all things NOT organic. And she's just one of the many self-proclaimed experts acting as online oracles right now.

Which, if you ask Joe Schwarcz, is part of a potentially very-unhealthy trend.

"Information floods us these days, and you know, the Web has been both an angel and a devil at the same time."

Joe Schwarcz is director of McGill University's Office of Science and Society. And he certainly doesn't want anyone to think that just because the Food Babe says something is true, that they should — as she says — "trust it."

Joe Schwarcz's new book is called "Monkeys, Myths and Molecules." He was in Montreal.
 

Where do you get your information about food, your health, the environment? What sources do you trust? Do you spend time with the scientific literature to get to the bottom of an issue?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.