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This interview did not go too well for the Food Babe

When it comes to the droves of pseudoscience and conspiracy websites becoming a common trusted source of information for gullible facebookers, there’s a growing movement of media outlets challenging these websites and their claims.

Thanks to this phenomenon, the queen of pseudoscience, the Food Babe, is feeling a little pressure. For the past few months, there been a huge onslaught from various sources directly challenging the 35 year-old Vani Hari’s claims.

From the New York Times:

[Food Babe] targets have included Starbucks (accusations of “hazardous chemicals” in pumpkin spice lattes), Chick-fil-A (which she called Chemical-Fil-A), Whole Foods (for genetically modified and hidden ingredients) and Subway. To protest the sandwich chain’s use of azodicarbonamide in its bread, Ms. Hari posted a video of herself chewing another item in which the chemical is found: a yoga mat. …

It’s tough to argue with a crusade to help Americans eat better and to win more transparency from both food companies and the federal agency, but Ms. Hari, a former computer science major with no training as a food scientist, nutritionist or chef, has managed to become a flash point. Her click-me headlines (“Do You Eat Beaver Butt?” for a post about what’s in so-called natural flavorings) and camera-ready looks have won her a rabid #Foodbabearmy, billings as an expert on television shows, a book (“The Food Babe Way”) that made its debut at No. 4 on the New York Times best-seller list last month, and a spot (along with Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian) on Time Magazine’s “30 Most Influential People on the Internet.” But her statements — often incorrect — and faulty reasoning have produced numerous memes and parodies, not to mention aggressive reactions from doctors and scientists, who call her scientifically illiterate.

Another attack on the Food Babe agenda was a widely-read piece published in Gawker by Yvette d’Entremont, also known as the “Science Babe” – the self-appointed nemesis to Hari. The piece, titled “The ‘Food Babe’ Blogger is Full of Sh*t” was unforgiving. D’Entremont is a chemist with a background in toxicology and forensics (Hari’s background is in computer science), and she systematically picked through a litany of Food Babe claims in a lucid, scientific clinic that was well-sourced.

The piece clearly rattled Hari, prompting her to post a rebuttal – that was immediately trashed as offering little substance and too much ‘I am rubber, you are glue’ ramblings that did nothing to address the challenges d’Entremont put forth.

It was a rare acknowledgment of her critics. And although she continues her crusade, Hari has quietly launched a sub-campaign designed to defend herself from critics and to salvage her image as a legitimate health advocate.

But it’s not going so well. She recently sat down with Al Jazeera America for an interview, and the problems in her message are still there, unevolved, and shamelessly rooted in the same baseless unscientific claims she cherry-picks out of context.

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212 Comments

  1. SMC

    May 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    There was absolutely nothing wrong w/this interview except for the condescending manner of the INTERVIEWER. Foodbabe is 100% right. Science is NOT always right. There is plenty of BAD SCIENCE. Look around you. You don’t need to have a degree in science to educate yourself and comprehend the information that’s out there. That’s total bullshit. Your article SUCKED…. #FAIL.

  2. Tony

    May 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Wow nice reply. Foodbabe is an idiot and a charlatan.

  3. Pro-Science Anti-Babe

    May 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Science may not always be right, but Food Babe is almost always wrong!!!

  4. Kim Curran

    May 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Vani? Is that you?

  5. camphor

    May 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Vani.

  6. Tina Corbett

    May 8, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    #Foodbabeshill.

  7. Michael Nieuwenhuizen

    May 8, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Bad science is saying that pilots pump nitrogen into planes or that the structure of water molecules changes from saying “Hitler” to it. That’s what Food Babe did.

  8. KI

    May 8, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for providing such a thoughtful, fact-filled response with such wonderful suggestions on how they could improve it! There’s some bad science, but that’s why there’s peer-review. “Food babe” doesn’t have that, and no, she’s not 100% correct, take a look at any of the articles debunking her.

  9. Keoki George

    May 8, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Don’t know what Interview you were watching, but food Fraud is not 100% right.

    Science is never right or wrong, and that’s THE PROBLEM with you folks. Science only presents data that can be replicated by others to make sure the findings are sound and ONLY then does it make it into publication and scientific journals for everyone to read about.

    Science has no “side” or “opinions” its simply data driven, derived from RESEARCH and TESTING and STUDYING.

    Food Fraud doesn’t do any “research ‘beyond “this item has this! let see what else “this” is in!” and takes the extreme stance of “Since this is in this inedible thing then it MUST BE BAD FOR YOU!” Her crusade against Subway is a prime example of her non-scientific background in understanding that chemicals CAN have many uses.

    Food Fraud has demonstrated time and time again that she doesn’t understand the science behind her claims, even so far as misrepresenting several studies.

    yes the information is out there, but Food Fraud makes it a business to TWIST that information into something that MAKES HER money

    Her recent crusade against Sunblock Lotion is a prime example of how fear driven hysteria, only puts money into the pockets of charlatans.

  10. Michael Nieuwenhuizen

    May 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Food Babe is 100% right? You mean pilots pump nitrogen into planes? The structure of water changes if you say “satan” to it? You can’t eat chemicals?

  11. smd

    May 8, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Your comment sucked. #fail #fraud

  12. Matt Hunsaker

    May 8, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Lmao crunchy yuppie feeling a bit salty?

  13. Scott

    May 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Other than the vast majority of the claims Vari makes are either false or unfounded — which shows why her lack of background or understanding at even a basic level is an important issue.

  14. physicist

    May 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    “You don’t need a degree in science to comprehend the information that’s out there”, yet with your comment its obvious that you yourself don’t understand the information that’s out there. #fail

  15. maria

    May 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Awe can’t handle your oracle being exposed?

  16. tipsytrex

    May 8, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Lollll
    Someones got a crush on Vain Hair

  17. jacksan1

    May 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    SMC, there is plenty of bad science. I agree. But that does not necessarily make Vani right, either. Both science and Vani can be wrong. True also that you need not have a science degree to be an educated consumer. But if there is an empirically established fact and one’s view is contradicted by it, insisting on such view is no longer rational. The Catholic Church did not have a science training and Galileo did. When their views collided about the centricism issue, the one with the proper training was right.

  18. SDN

    May 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Except the problem is that Food Babe hasn’t educated herself. This woman is so stupid that she literally was unable to correctly define what air is – you know, that stuff we breate – and how it works. No matter how simplistic a scientific concept is, grasped by your average 8 year old, Food Babe will get it wrong every. Single. Time. The fact that so many people read her posts without noticing the fact she can’t even properly define the simplest scientific terms or correctly explain the simplest concepts just shows how ignorant so many Americans are. It’s freaking embarassing. Any child should be able to read one single Food Babe article and be laughing that any adult could be that stupid. I especially loved the article in which she claimed that water – WATER – has the ability to think and feel and hear and has a broad understanding of history and religion. The woman is an absolute lunatic.

  19. Martin

    May 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Hmm. So someone who admits they have no scientific expertise confidently asserts there is “plenty of BAD SCIENCE” out there. Fine. Would that include the Food Babe claiming there are no safe chemicals to ingest of any kind? I hope no one tells her about dihydrogen monoxide.

    You’ve done well on the not-getting-a-degree-in-science part. It’s the “educate yourself and comprehend the information that’s out there” part you’re still having trouble with.

  20. Agnodice

    May 8, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    While I do not share the anti-scientific viewpoint of the previous commenter I have to agree that the Food Babe acquitted herself quite well in this antagonistic interview. We didn’t see any of her claims rebutted by the video or the article, which seem entirely focused on humiliating a woman rather than informing a viewer.

  21. scientist

    May 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    The issue seems to be that SMC has been brainwashed. Science is based on voice of consensus and is supported with research, not fearmongering like Food Booob. SMC is right – science is not always right, but it changes it’s mind using reason, scientific experiments, and logic.
    Ms Hari likes to ban those who disagree with her, so followers like SMC here don’t hear dissention or, (pause for dramatic effect) science!
    SMC ought to research some of the items discussed, and not on mercola or natural news, but in REAL scientific journals and textbooks.
    If I could post a Leave Brittney Alone picture here, I would. That’s the first thing that came to mind when reading the above comment.

  22. Lex Lucidity

    May 8, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Food babe has a lot of critics. You know who else had a lot of critics? Hitler!

  23. Rudegur

    May 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Did we watch the same interview? She left unanswered questions and she struggled to find answers to the ones she did address. Nobody said you needed a degree to educate yourself, but you should have one when you try to educate the public. She is now in a position where she needs to be responsible for her accusations and her advice.

  24. hodgeyboy

    May 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    And you know who corrects the bad science? OTHER scientists! Your 20 minutes on google does not equal research.

  25. John V

    May 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Put down the organic crack, Vani, and just admit you’re wrong. You can get a normal job like the rest of us. I know you’ll miss Fiji. So would I, but it can only last long.

  26. Jason King

    May 8, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    SMC is probably breathing too much of that nitrogen they put in the airplanes. Common side effects of airplane nitrogen including a crush on the foodbabe herself.

  27. Tara Anne (@optic_chiasm)

    May 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    You are kidding, right? The failure to invest in STEM has lead us to a word of armchair scientists and charlatans preying on well-intentioned, but misinformed followers.
    You do not have to have a degree in science to have a very basic understanding of science, however you do have to have a documented background in science to claim to be an expert on scientific matters. And you do need more than a few hours on the internet to comprehend research methods, statistics, and the science behind any claim. Failing to understand basic chemistry and biology and extorting the fear brought about by that lack of knowledge is unacceptable. It is outright ignorance at best and fear mongering at worst.
    Leaving a vague, cap lock littered comment on an article does not support your case. Supporting your argument with clear, peer reviewed examples would be a wonderful start to an intelligent and helpful critique.

  28. pants

    May 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Exactly, there is plenty of bad science. For example all the stuff she cherry picks. You are exactly the gullible person she is profiting from. She looks stupid and you look even more stupid. GG

  29. hahahahahha

    May 8, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    “Lots of bad science”. Oh you mean like Seralini, Seneff and Wakefield? Yep, you’re right!!! Lololol. You’re statement proves exactly why the average consumer is not capable of interpreting and understanding. Scientific data.

  30. JDS (@zetec)

    May 8, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    “You don’t need to have a degree in science to educate yourself”

    Oh, look, another moron.

  31. freakazoidvocaloid

    May 8, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    You’re absolutely right. There really is a lot of bad science. Take it with a grain of salt though – it’s called pseudoscience for a reason. The same way that fundamentalists and extreme political parties will cling to their preferred texts as ways of life, you have chosen to glue your lips to Vani’s rear and now you can’t turn away because you’re in too deep.

  32. Bob

    May 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    You should have some degree of knowledge about something before criticizing it. Foodbabe doesn’t understand chemistry and chemicals. Water is a chemical. You can’t live a chemical free lifestyle because everything is made of chemical compounds. Advocating for healthier eating is one thing, baseless, psuedoscienific fearmongering is another.
    #scientistsarepeopletoo

  33. Phillip Crews

    May 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    You must have graduated from Google University, too.

  34. Dan Weeks

    May 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I agree that the interview went about as well as one could. Vani still came across as, shall we say, very far from credible.

    Btw, if her policy is to not eat food she can’t pronounce, and then she proves in the first few seconds of the spot that she CAN pronounce them, does that mean she can now eat them?

  35. Phoenixskeptic

    May 8, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    She has an advisory panel. Joseph mercola, mike Adams, Andrew Weil, and mehmet oz. that’s the only science she understands.

  36. Zaxley Nash

    May 8, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    Indeed, There is plenty of BAD SCIENCE, and the FoodBabe is at the helm of the shit ship. So too it may be true that one doesn’t need a degree to educate oneself BUT one does need common sense, one does not need to have books to sell and a career based on offering fear to gain a following of the gullible…..and when someone with an actual education in the field you purport to be in shows you that you are wrong: Step aside.

  37. Lolllllz

    May 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    You’re correct in that you don’t need a degree in Science to be able to comprehend what’s wrong with food. You need common sense. You do realize that Water is a chemical, don’t you? Common sense is what you need to avoid drinking thinks like bleach, or paint thinner. Common sense should allow you to see through this woman’s complete lack of knowledge on the very topic she is claiming to be an activist for. For example, she claims that alcohol is bad (which, really… It is.) but recommends the excessive prices wine at an overpriced label restaurant. She claims the sugar level in the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte is excessive, yet she is indisputably paid to promote a “healthy” product carrying the same level of sugar. Finally, common sense should lend you the curiosity to do your own “research” using actual scientific studies and form a conclusion rather than blindly following the supermodel-like self proclaimed food activist.

  38. Justa

    May 8, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    “You dont have to have a degree in science.” Uh, you do if you want to be able to make legitimate scientific claims. smh

  39. Tenbear

    May 8, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Aside from “Your article SUCKED” what sources of peer reviewed information are you prepared to offer that the Food Babe has not that she’s correct in her assertions?

  40. ma

    May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    It went fine for her. She must be pissing lots of big wigs off. Stop attacking her.

  41. AMM

    May 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Yeah, like Scientists have been wrong before, so people can just make up whatever and post it on the internet.

  42. Emily T.

    May 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    What is the harm of removing these chemicals from food? They act like she’s trying to do something bad.

    A ton of things are allowed in the US that are banned in Europe. Just because it’s allowed by the fda doesn’t mean it’s ok.

    I’m not sure why it’s presented as though this interview made food babe look bad. She defended herself against everything the condescending reporter said.

    And why were there clips of someone else talking badly about her on her segment that she didn’t get to respond to? How is that fair or respectful?

  43. Scott Foster

    May 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Darn that science and their pesky facts! She needs to be stopped before she kills someone.

  44. Stephen

    May 8, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Isn’t the point that FoodBabe doesn’t have an applicable degree in what she’s talking about AND getting it wrong?

  45. JL

    May 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    No you don’t but if one’s primary source of information is google and blogs with no confirmed by science info rather than published peer reviewed studies or books written by actual scientists in the field…. Who’s the “#fail” then?

  46. Bill Nuvo

    May 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    a 3rd grader takes on the food babe
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=949MwSOpEXY

  47. rdlivingston

    May 8, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Condescending? You mean asking questions with substance? This is what media should be doing.

  48. Entheogen

    May 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    If you don’t understand the concept of dose toxicity and how these compounds interact in an organism on a biochemical level, then you have no authority to speak on how safe they are, period.

  49. Shill Army

    May 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Are you f**king kidding me?

  50. Bahl Sanchin

    May 8, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Bad science? Some. But not nearly as much as the bad advice coming from untrained bloggers and media personalities.

  51. ataribaby

    May 8, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    What’s an example of “bad science”? You don’t have to have a degree in science to understand what science is; would you like me to explain it to you?

  52. Jay

    May 8, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    If you read the d’Entremont article (“The ‘Food Babe’ Blogger is Full of Sh*t”) then you’d see the cited references that plainly show Hari isn’t even close to being 100% right. The science isn’t bad, Hari’s information is…

  53. Jonathan

    May 8, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I don’t think the interviewer was stern enough. Vani Hari is nothing more than a liar that gets paid for making you fear the world around you. Like it or not, chemicals are part of our life. Synthetic or natural, they are chemically identical! If it is salt extracted from the sea, or the product from a reaction of HCl + NaOH, it is the same!

  54. Ben

    May 8, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Science isnt 100% right, herp and derp both, but it’s based on the best reproducible evidence, and is a method to overcome personal bias.

    Yes, there is plenty of BAD SCIENCE. Food Babe is NOT “100% right” for promoting it.

  55. Annie Sisk

    May 8, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Oh honey. No. Just – no.

  56. Isil Arican (@isil_arican)

    May 8, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    She is an idiot with ZERO sense of science. chemistry and biology and seriously lacks nutrition knowledge. She thinks plane air is dangerous because it has nitrogen in it! We are living in an era that ignorant idiots can lead the crowds. Sigh.

  57. Typhus Viator

    May 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Condescending? In recent months she replied to a critical letter from students who actually study the things she talks about. Her reply was extremely condescending.
    I can’t post a screenshot her but last week on her blog someone said she pushed gluten-free. She asked, verbatim, ‘Can you explain exactly when and why I pushed for “gluten free”… hmmm?’. She was answered, factual and politely. She deleted the answer. People asked her why she deleted it. She deleted that too.
    THAT is Food Babe. She does this constantly. When you now read that comment you will think ‘see, that guy can’t back up his claim, Food Babe is a hero’. This is how she lies to you. It is very typical of the hypocrisy of the ‘all-natural’ movement.

  58. Stephane Northon

    May 8, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Lmao. Cognitive dissonance much ? 90% of everything is crap. That doesn’t mean that you can/should/could/have the competence to/ discard what doesn’t fit with your (biased) worldview.

    Fraud Babe is not right. She is never right. She is never changing. Science is never “wrong”. It is factual (data acquisition) and inferential (statistical). The wind may change according to better tools/equipment yadi-yada, but it’s not “wrong” unless definite fraud (like your babe does) happened.

  59. D.R.

    May 8, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Ha!

  60. Manny Panning

    May 9, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Food Babe is incompetent to discuss food science with any authority. Your only problem is that the interviewer was not fawning over her.

  61. foodhunkprivatebaldron

    May 9, 2015 at 1:08 am

    What bad science? Please post a bunch so you can make yourself look just as uninformed.

  62. hank_says

    May 9, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Yes, science is not always right – but what’s important is that it doesn’t claim to be. Only people who don’t understand it think that it does. And the fact that it’s not always right certainly doesn’t imply that Hari is.

    Hari routinely makes claims that are simply not true and tries to whip up fear of ingredients and processes based on ignorance. What’s more, her store (they always have a store) frequently sells items that contain additives that she has specifically said are no-nos.

    And while you don’t need to have a science degree to educate yourself, Hari isn’t actually educating herself. She’s taking her obviously very superficial knowledge of food and science and marketing it to people who know about as much about it as she does, which is a recipe for misinformation on a grand scale. And when Hari is corrected on a false or ignorant claim, she doesn’t respond the way a scientist does to better information – by changing her opinion and admitting her mistakes – she doubles down and bitches about people being mean.

  63. Didda (@retiti1)

    May 9, 2015 at 1:51 am

    There sure is bad science out there, and Food Babe slings it around like it’s fact.
    She’s wrong about just about every single thing she talks about, from microwaves to airline cabin air.

  64. Alison Jane

    May 9, 2015 at 2:08 am

    That interviewer was incredibly condescending, which is unfortunate.

  65. Frances

    May 9, 2015 at 2:09 am

    Problem being she is part of the bad science and she’s uses it to scare people like you into buying her books and supporting her sponsors when the fact is she’s just the same shill she accused pro-reality people to be.

  66. raevynskyye

    May 9, 2015 at 2:19 am

    There is more formaldehyde in an organic pear than there is in a vaccine. Also, there is a chemical in every piece of food (organic or not). It’s called dihydrogen monoxide. Otherwise known as water.

  67. Foodbabe is a Liar

    May 9, 2015 at 2:24 am

    There was absolutely nothing wrong with this interview except for the condescending manner of “food babe” who spouted some really very bad science and failed to answer the questions of the interviewer in any constructive manned.

    I don’t have a “degree in science”, I have educated myself, I have comprehended the information that is out there, and, most importantly, I’ve gone looking for *evidence*. Experiments that are repeatable. Studies that show consistent results. Information that is based on fact and reality.

    As a totally basic example, did you know that “Food Babe” launched a huge attack on the “unnatural additive” called “ascorbic acid”? And then revealed her utter idiocy when someone explained that it’s also called “Vitamin C”? She’s so badly informed that she fell for the “dihydrogen monoxide” trick too.

    Please, read. Learn. Learn that she’s the one spouting “utter bullshit”. Questions are good – she can’t answer them because she’s , well, wrong.

  68. Ed Henciak

    May 9, 2015 at 2:35 am

    You’re correct. Science isn’t always right. We continue to learn more and more each day.

    What science does know about GMOs is that the ones used today are harmless. It’s a fact.

    Foodbabe simply scares her supporters into eating much like we did in the 1800s since food were “safe” then. Of course lifespans were significantly shorter due, in part, to diseased foods.

    I’m quite confident many farmers and consumers back then would have LOVED the idea of pesticides and preservatives so that parasites and worms in food they purchased wouldn’t kill themselves or their family.

    I’m pretty sure they would marvel at the idea of switching a couple of genetic parameters in a particular crop to make it more resistant to pests and temperature variation so that yields increase.

    This whole “organic” movement (a.k.a. 1800s and before farming), a completely ridiculous term seeing that all food is organic, is a gigantic scam. Foodbabe is simply cashing in on it like any good scumbag does when she sees gullible, scared people. Had she had a shred of decency, she’d use her brains to educate people about this marvelous new technology. That’s difficult though.

    Instead, she profits off fear by hawking books and forcing companies to adopt recipes that she “approves”. If you don’t get her “approval” (which is akin to the FDA approving compact disc manufacturing), she unleashes her hoards on said companies.

    Like most people that run their mouths about things they know nothing about, Vani has very thin skin. She will BAN you from her Facebook page if you ask any substantive question. Only lukewarm questions about her recipes and, of course, praise are all that’s permitted.

    GMO technology has the potential to feed BILLIONS of people by growing crops in places once deemed unfathomable.

    Want to solve world hunger? Support GMO research.

    Want to one day grow crops for deep space missions or on Mars? Support GMO research.

    Want to see mankind move forward? DO NOT SUPPORT “Foodbabe” VANI HARI. Future generations will thank you for your decision.

  69. Gee Cherry Possum Bunyarra

    May 9, 2015 at 2:42 am

    She could do so much good if she wasn’t just in it for the money and didn’t give a **** about facts.

  70. MJ

    May 9, 2015 at 2:52 am

    This reporter misses the point totally. WE as a society have listened to so-called scientist for years and what has it gotten us BUT sicker and sicker? America needs ambassadors and citizens like Hari to be the voice for those who can’t speak. Vani, make your HATERS your MOTIVATORS! They can talk science all they want but this babe isn’t buying into it.

  71. Laurie Neufeld

    May 9, 2015 at 2:53 am

    That’ll do, pig. That’ll do. I get ALL my information off of YouTube and the Intarwebs, cuz it’s NEVAR WRONG, and it never lies. HAHAHAHA.

  72. Ed Henciak

    May 9, 2015 at 2:58 am

    What exactly is Vani bitching about then? What, excatly, has she PROVEN. What BAD SCIENCE has this liar uncovered.

    She’s a fraud. Face facts. She is using you as nothing more than a revenue stream. She sells information that has less value than a pet rock. Please, ask her a critical question on her Facebook site and watch what happens to you. Ask this :

    “Vani, wow! You present some amazing material! What qualifies you to make such claims against modern farming and where can I obtain the research you use for your various presentations?”

    I guarantee you that you’ll be banned almost immediately after you press “Enter” on your keyboard.

  73. Mark Aaron Alsip

    May 9, 2015 at 3:26 am

    My biggest complaint is nobody pointed out Food Babe sells product with exactly the same “dangerous” additives she says to avoid. Leukemia courtesy Food Babe… ENJOY

    https://badscidebunked.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/food-babe-links-her-own-product-to-leukemia-other-cancers/

  74. Ed Henciak

    May 9, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Pig? Moi? No, I don’t think so :-).

    I’m many things, but pig isn’t one of them, nor I stupid enough to join a cult like Vani’s!!!

    Have fun pouring over your labels and living in a senseless, perpetual state of paranoia while she robs you blind! 🙂

    How many chemists, molecular biologists, and trained nutritionists do you associate with? Just curious.

    Also, do you still believe that cellphones cause tumors? Remember that awesome garbage con artists spewed in the late 1990s and the crackpot garbage they sold to prevent it? Was that a proto-Vani business or something?

  75. Jesse Redden

    May 9, 2015 at 3:55 am

    ” Look around you. You don’t need to have a degree in science to educate yourself and comprehend the information that’s out there” So what you are saying is is that you and foodbabes knowledge level of this particular field of science is equal to the people who have studied that subject intensely for years plus the accumulated body of knowledge they work from?

  76. Alexa

    May 9, 2015 at 4:53 am

    “it’s in the works” …isn’t that what Kraft said?

  77. lady2soothe

    May 9, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Try asking her ““Why are we demanding labeling for toxic foods when we should be banning them?” or “Why don’t you support Protecting Organic Standards INSTEAD of labeling GMO toxic genocide foods?” and she’ll delete your posts and ban you from her website

  78. psychtld

    May 9, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Are you a total imbecile?

    “Science is NOT always right.”

    Indeed not – but when it’s wrong, it has exactly what is needed for it to correct itself…

    “There is plenty of BAD SCIENCE.”

    Yes, done by people with shitty agendas like Vani Hari’s shitty agenda. The very vast majority of scientists want to get as close as we can to the truth about stuff, so that people like Vani Hari cannot go round bullshitting the public with lies about stuff.

    “Look around you.”

    I did – the bad science came from the people with agendas like your crush’s agenda.

    “You don’t need to have a degree in science to educate yourself and comprehend the information that’s out there.”

    You really are stupid.

    Someone with a science degree has a much better understanding of how science works than does a person who has an arts degree; this disparity is even greater when the science graduate is pitted against the person who has no degree at all.

    Get over yourself. You just make yourself look like a moron.

  79. erik

    May 9, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Interviewer is condesending
    Thank you for helping me and my kids eat better food! God bless you FoodBabe!

  80. AJ

    May 9, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I’m guessing you don’t have a science degree

  81. Dr. S

    May 9, 2015 at 11:55 am

    You are absolutely wrong. And I know more than you do. I have a Master’s Degree. In science.

  82. RinaB

    May 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    “Foodbabe is 100% right” “Science is NOT always right”. <- these two statements written directly after each other. 😀

    It takes a scientifically literate person to be able to critically report on Science so that BAD science, such as vaccines cause autism, doesn't get unnecessary attention. Journalists who are scientifically literate are less likely to sensationalise such inaccurate findings.

  83. alex

    May 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    This reporter is paid by all the big companies. They say that Vani is using sensationalism to get people’s attention!!! Really, and what does every single reporter and news station do every single day???? They sensationalize the crap out of everything!!! People are just mad because Vani is getting our attention! Whether she has a degree is nutrition/dietetics or not, she knows more than most doctors and a lot more than any reporter! Plus, the doctors are paid to keep us sick and the reporters are paid to sell stories!! Keep going Vani!!!

  84. Dom

    May 9, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Ignorance at its best. Of course science evolves, but detailed and documented scientific method helps ensure the validity and replicability if the results. Your clearly more interested in faith and hearing what you want to hear. People like the “food babe” are the worst. They use fear and and peoples own intuition against them to further her cause (profit). She is no crusader, she is a crook.

  85. Michael Paolucci

    May 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    This woman is a source of misinformation, and needed to be called out, her ramblings have been hidden behind a great body, and a killer smile, if this nut looked like Rosie Odonnel, we’d be calling for her scalp in a federal courtroom, it just goes to show how gullible ‘Merica is, and how pretty people can lie to your face on television, and have an army of morons to back her up! I want off any planet that she’s taken seriously! Oy

  86. Kirill Edelman

    May 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I agree with you. We can question her methods or her data – and she should back everything up with legitimate research – but her intent is legit. Consumer should be more aware of the stuff that’s in our food. I hope she does enlist some independent experts and proves her critics wrong.

  87. Ed Henciak

    May 9, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    “the doctors are paid to keep us sick”

    Abject, unequivocal bullshit.

    Doctors like Dr. Oz may fall into that category come to think of it …

    Keep on raging against the machine there you angry fool. Life’s going to blow by you and you’ll be sitting there old and feeble wondering what in the hell you were angry about.

    Life isn’t one gigantic conspiracy. They’re not all out to get you. The ones like Vani Hari and Dr. Oz are the exception, not the norm. History is replete with con artists. It’s just a lot easier to expose their breed of trash these days.

  88. Ed Henciak

    May 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    All you’re doing is raising your kids to be senselessly paranoid about food.

    Foodbabe is the type of individual the religious claim will rot in hell. She’s a fake. She preys on people like yourself to line her pockets. You get zero benefits paying for her advice or promoting her garbage. Basic sensible nutritional information is all you need, not exotic crap free of evil chemicals.

    I can assure you any turnaround you had in your health adapting to her garbage plans was due to reduced caloric intake, more exercise and/or better nutritional content of said foods (of which you would easily get from a non-GMO equivalent).

    When you listen to this wretched piece of garbage, remember two things :

    1> She thought that people were poisioning airplane cabins mixing nitrogen with oxygen. She was not aware that nitrogen was over 75% of Eartth’s atmosphere. Any 6th grader could tell you that.

    2> She claimed that microwaving water was bad for you. Moreover, she claimed that microwaved water couldn’t form crystals when frozen much like water that has been exposed to the words “Hitler” and “Satan”.

    The only link between microwaves and obesity are the quick, cheap foods available for microwaves. As a quick mean, they’re harmless … overindulge, like anything, you’ll get fat.

    It’s your money and your health. Do what you wish. Just keep in mind that this woman is a fraud. You will see that someday. Do you want to see it sooner or later?

  89. hostilecyclist

    May 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    And Vani is paid huge amounts to endorse products. Why trust her? She isn’t educated. She makes things up. She makes a ton of money. Tell me, why do you trust her?

  90. diannetea

    May 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Nobody cares if she uses sensationalism, we care that she’s a lying liar who lies and then lies when she’s caught.

  91. yourmom949jackass

    May 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    for babe is an idiot

  92. GoatBoy

    May 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    God bless saint Vain Hair, doing all this good work for no pay at all.

  93. Dave

    May 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    You forgot chemtrails & Reptilians. What does the Foodbabe recommend for paranoia anyway?

  94. NP

    May 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    “You don’t need to have a degree in science to educate yourself and comprehend the information”

    Yes, yes you need.

  95. Conor Day

    May 9, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    You’re entire argument boils down to ‘everybody who disagrees with me is being paid to’
    Please rethink this argument and it’s validity, because I see many people use it purely to dismiss any argument they can’t refute.

  96. Geruvah Tipharet

    May 9, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    No she wasn’t. Foodbabe just showed how horrible her credibility was when faced with actual facts and logic.

  97. Varis Gupta

    May 9, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Hahaha, I am in 12th grade, focusing purely on Sciences, and can explain science better than her. Remember that article she wrote that if a third grader cant pronounce a chemical, we should use it? I bet it wasn’t if a third grader could pronounce it, but rather SHE couldn’t pronounce it. Seriously, if you believe someone who has a degree in Computer Science to know more than a doctor, you are purely ignorant. Doctors spend years learning how to heal people. This Vani person? She probably doesn’t even know how to properly cite her sources. Heck, she probably DOESN’T HAVE any sources: Its all her thoughts and manifestations of her ignorance, and people believe her. Remember the guy who said vaccines cause Autism? It was proven he lied, manipulated results, all because he was paid to do so. So many studies had been done, but the ignorance of the public allows his “legacy” to live on. This is EXACTLY what she is doing: She is saying all this so that she can sell “natural” products for profit. her “natural” products ironically contain the SAME chemicals she is against! Her soaps? I bet the have either Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide, and if they don’t, don’t use it, cause real soap can ONLY be made using those chemicals (also known as Lye).

  98. GS

    May 9, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I’m really hoping you aren’t serious right now.

  99. Mary Mactavish

    May 9, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    She is a tiny bit more correct that Joe Mercola is.

  100. Conor Day

    May 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I think what’s scary about this is not the fact that one person can spread misinformation with clickbait headlines, we all already knew that.
    What’s scary is the complete destruction of critical thinking and rational thought she causes.
    Every day I see more and more people resorting to rationalizing their unsupported beliefs, chemtrails, vaccines causing autism, Food Babes claims, by simply creating vast and un-realistic conspiracies. It’s just really, really scary watching these people build a shell around themselves, preventing any new ideas. Every doctor is being bribed, every government and public sector worker is being bribed, every detractor, every critic is being bribed. You cant call them out on this, because if you point out the absurdity of this, guess what, you’re a shill too! These people have been rendered unable to comprehend new ideas or engage in rational thought, and that readers, is the most frighting thing facing us today.

  101. Matt Hamende

    May 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    If that wasnt satire, i weep for you, also tin foil is on sale.

  102. rdr

    May 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    And your sources for this are??! Cmon, show the evidence.

  103. EricaKane

    May 9, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I agree, and I love science….they almost seemed to be in support of the yoga mat/ bread ingredient bit! Hello we aren’t IDIOTS here, we can see that subway bread isn’t flippin yoga mats, but the issue is that an item made for consumption shouldn’t have ingredients that are used in industrial settings for cryin out loud why is that so difficult to fathom? The condescending tone was annoying.

  104. Jake

    May 9, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    NOT always right, you are definitely the most stupid person in this website.

  105. Robert Byrne

    May 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    That is the the most sickeningly stupid comment I have ever read. “Knows more than most doctors”, how can you possibly justify that?!? Doctors spend years in top class colleges earning their right to practice medicine and learn about the human body, immunology; basically what’s good for us and how to take care of us. Someone of a scientific background is undeniably better at dissecting scientific information and evaluating its creditworthiness compared to someone with, and I can’t believe I have to point this out, a computer science degree.

  106. madattak

    May 9, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    This is what makes the war on pseudo-science so more difficult. Because people like Vani are attacking the big companies, criticizing her or the many like her immediately puts us on the side of those big evil corporations. This is most obvious in the GM crops debate. The anti-GM campaigners have constructed a situation in which they are grassroots environmentally conscious concerned citizens fighting a war against the evil corporation Mon$atan for the greater good. Even if the reality is there’s the big corporations behind organic farming pushing mis-information to protect their business from new technology, by calling them out on it we are immediately put as defenders of the most hated company in America. And even then it’s mostly because of the huge smear campaign set up against them.

  107. Nancy Duggan

    May 9, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Do you buy your exclamation points and question marks in bulk?

  108. Nancy Duggan

    May 9, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I think the dimwitted fans of Vani & Dr. Oz really love alarmists and hysterics. How else to account for Fox “News”?

  109. grantmasterflash2000

    May 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Why do you think she hasn’t enlisted experts already?

    I’ll give you three guesses…

  110. grantmasterflash2000

    May 9, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    If Food Babe based all of her posts on proven facts and had industry experts show reproducible results I’d back her 100% but since she refuses to do this she’s another crazy shouting from a street corner.

    Without proof what do we have?

  111. Nicole

    May 9, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I feel like all the people that support her watch fox news…and tithe…. just a guess.

  112. Barbara Schaarschmidt

    May 9, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    The interviewer should have asked about her published article where she states that airlines are bad because they use nitrogen in the air in their airplanes. Or about her affiliate marketing products with ingredients that she is writing that you must stay away from – in an article right next to her ad.

  113. J-SinX

    May 9, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I have never even heard of this person. And why is she the “food babe”? I’m ugly and I’m saying she’s ugly. Do you even fathom how ugly you have to be when called ugly by an ugly person?

  114. Bani Hary

    May 9, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    She isn’t a scientific, she’s not a babe, and she’s not a food

  115. Jon Buckeridge

    May 9, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Yeah it’s as crazy as people believing in religion really, something not backed up by science and that goes against actual science, so I am not at all surprised people go for it. Like the reporter said if you have good points then have some experts on your show for credibility, it would be like me publishing an article in the Journal of Medicine without stating any sources, having any actual degree in medicine, health or any related field, or any verifiable facts at all and them publishing it anyway.

  116. Ranthropologist

    May 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    No one is 100% right, including Food Babe – although, to be fair, even a broken clock is right twice a day. There is no such thing as BAD SCIENCE. There are, however, people who do science badly, or people who do not know how the scientific method works. But science, thankfully, is self-correcting, so those experiments that are done badly can be done correctly by others and improve our knowledge – which can often mean changing what we thought we knew in light of new evidence, something the Food Babe refuses to do.

  117. loralei

    May 9, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Uhoh! I smell a good babe soldier.

  118. Ranthropologist

    May 9, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    “This reporter is paid by all the big companies.” And you know this how…? Even if this is true (which is highly unlikely) it doesn’t make the reporter’s questions or the story any less valid.

    “They say that Vani is using sensationalism to get people’s attention!!! Really, and what does every single reporter and news station do every single day????” So if reports and news stations use sensationalism to get attention, then it’s ok for Food Babe to do it too? There’s a little bit of the tu quoque fallacy going on here; and again, the sensationalism (or lack thereof) of the story has nothing to do with the validity of its claims.

    “People are just mad because Vani is getting our attention!” This is the saddest part, because she is getting people’s attention. It’s sad because she has a great opportunity to improve people’s lives and knowledge if only she pointed things out that were true, but instead she concocts scientifically illiterate horror stories to make a fast buck for herself (and FYI, many of the “chemicals” she rails against are present in the products she sells from her website).

    “Whether she has a degree is nutrition/dietetics or not, she knows more than most doctors and a lot more than any reporter!” You may want this to be true but it’s not. Really – this graduate of Google University with a degree in internet BS knows more than most doctors? That is a frightening statement.

    “Plus, the doctors are paid to keep us sick and the reporters are paid to sell stories!!” I see – and you can prove this? Sadly, doctors have yet to develop an effective treatment for paranoia and conspiracy theories.

    Finally: multiple exclamation points and question marks do not make your claims any more valid.

  119. Brian Smith

    May 9, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    too bad there’s no like button here, hit the nail on the head with that 😀

  120. Wintraded

    May 9, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    every time i see someone talk about how science does not know what it is doing or how this or that chemical is bad for you i suddenly get the urge to sterilize large parts of the population.

  121. AV

    May 9, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    ‘This reporter is paid by all the big companies.’

    Lol, baseless shill accusations are such a pathetic cop-out.

  122. Jubei Dm

    May 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    So asking difficult during an interview is condescending now? No wonder you believe the fraudbabe.

  123. Patricio Lira

    May 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Well

  124. Mike H

    May 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I think I would just need to see scientific data behind the Food Babe’s claims. If she is completely right, there should be clear-cut information to prove so.

    Also, why is that so offensive to ask for? Every time somebody is proven to be a snake-oil salesman lately, the rally cry for them is always “Big companies (rabble rabble rabble)” or “the man” trying to spread misinformation. It just seems like a conspiracy theorist defense. Data for or against should be the only determining factor.

  125. Patricio Lira

    May 9, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Well done! Ignorance is very dangerous. This guy and her babe… What can I say!

  126. Tony

    May 9, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I was considering posting a message like this, how many people are so happy to announce to the world on the internet, *LOOK AT ME, I AM A HUGE RETARDED F*KWIT, and I will scream it to the world because I can* … Why some want evolution to stop and regress back to the stone age,. I have no idea.

  127. Hunter Herr

    May 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Translation: “Interviewer said things I don’t want to hear. Facts don’t matter to me.”

    The interviewer was not condescending. She was calling out a woman who is outright lying to the public and making claims she cannot prove. You should be more offended by that.

  128. Astrophysicsgrrl

    May 9, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I wasn’t aware that they gave out masters degrees in “science”. What exactly was your focus Science Master?

  129. dan

    May 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Her intentions Are….profit.

  130. royopochinski

    May 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    She’s as dumb as you are.

  131. Brian

    May 9, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Chemically? 😀

  132. John Humphlett

    May 9, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Actually there is a cure for paranoia and conspiracy theories, it’s called ECT and the majority of the Food Babe Army need it.

  133. Jezz Bowden

    May 9, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    How do you know you know more than he does? What a ridiculous boast! He might be a professor for all you know! You can’t win an argument buy just claiming you have the most knowledge lol. In any case, Intelligence isn’t knowledge, it’s what you do with knowledge that marks you as intelligent or stupid. And basing an argument on how much you think you know is the ultimate stupidity!

    While we are here:
    1/ Science isn’t always right.
    2/ Science can have vested interests.
    [Like research grants for instance. If someone pays you to do research you better come up with the right answewrs :-)]

  134. gina

    May 9, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I dont know you…but I think I love you!

  135. Judas3ca

    May 9, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    You’re right there is plenty of bad science of there just look at that twit Vani Hari.

  136. Jonathan Leiter

    May 10, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Bad interview? They never even got into the fact that she’s a shill for every “natural” scheme out there! She got a reamed a new hole and she deserves two more!!

  137. J

    May 10, 2015 at 12:20 am

    I think those of us who are critical of Hari just need to wait this out. The backlash against her bullshit will eventually hit critical mass, bringinging the bandwagon jumpers on board. Some people depend on social media to form an oppinion.

  138. John Webb

    May 10, 2015 at 12:33 am

    You don’t educate people on how to eat better by feeding them on a hefty diet of bullshit. However well meaning she may have been in the early days she is now just another idiot telling lies for money.

  139. mh

    May 10, 2015 at 1:13 am

    “Not ver sophisticated”

  140. Rachel

    May 10, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Emily, it isn’t bad to advocate to remove a chemical that may be harmful from food. However it is the food babe’s lack of critical thinking that is under fire. She doesn’t seem to know what these ingredients are in the food for in the first place. Time and time again she has claimed it is her inability to pronounce them that is her main objection. She has done this ‘town crowd, pick fork’ attack on food producers again and again and in doing so, grows her supporters and her funds. It has been stated and shown that Hari sells cosmetics on her website with ingredients that she has called to be banned in all products! The money this woman looks to be making out of pushing misinformation is boarding on fraudulent. I don’t think this interview was a fail for her, I think the interviewer should have asked a lot tougher questions.

  141. Slipstream Hansil

    May 10, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Did they not insist on proper grammar at your university?

  142. Slipstream Hansil

    May 10, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Huh? So water is used extensively in industrial settings… Just because something is used in an industrial setting it is bad for you?

    Your logic is nonexistent.

  143. Pamela Drees

    May 10, 2015 at 1:42 am

    “What does every reporter and news station do every single day?” This is literally you proving that the “Fud Baeb” does indeed sensationalize. And note that scientists are NOT news reporters, on top of which, it isn’t reporters who write the pieces they tell. Scientists DO.

    I can only pray you’re a troll, because everything you said is literally the dumbest shit. Please take all of Fud Baeb’s advice, because I guarantee it will kill you and remove your idiocy from our collective gene pool.

  144. Ryan Donovan

    May 10, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Just because the interviewer was critical doesn’t mean that she was condescending – you’re just being sensitive.

    The Foodbabe and her followers are 100% ignorant; by her logic you can’t drink water because a child can’t pronounce dihydrogen monoxide – it’s chemical name.

    You don’t need a degree in Science to have an opinion, but you do need to be scientifically literate – a basic understanding of it; but if you want to present yourself as an authority on something, you’d better have some recognised qualifications.

    SMC you’re nothing but a diehard fan – you’re not interested in facts or the truth, you just want everyone else to agree with you.

  145. John

    May 10, 2015 at 1:50 am

    But…But… Google U gave me my diploma…

  146. Mike H

    May 10, 2015 at 2:34 am

    I wish that you had to at least get a liscence of some kind to be a moron. Food Babe could sell that too lol. I’d call her a quack, but that would be a compliment to dumbasses like Dr. Oz

  147. richard mcintire

    May 10, 2015 at 2:50 am

    I’ve been treated that way simply for what I thought was an innocent question among the science community. I call it the “You don’t know us, you don’t belong.” treatment. I’ve also seen “Truth” anti smoking ads that are total nonsense! Here they have a totally legitimate topic, and still they inflate the argument to ridiculous lengths! It’s only alright when it served their needs!

  148. Danee Wilder

    May 10, 2015 at 3:08 am

    And where exactly was science incorrect on this? Science Babe, as she calls herself, had a fact filled, science based, and well pointed article. So far, not a single thing ‘food babe’ has thrown out is even sort of substantiated. Pseudo science is a dangerous thing- it can be hazardous to the health of many. I would like for you to back up a single claim you just made. Where was science incorrect? Where, in Science Babes article, was there even one fallacy? Claiming something does not make it true. Back it up or shut up.

  149. djinn

    May 10, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Not just water. Everything is chemicals, there is no such thing as chemical free food. Further chemical X made in nature (which is often the second line of defence for food babe fan eejits) is IDENTICAL to chemical X made in a lab. There are usually MORE chemicals in a piece of “organic” (another word these twits don’t understand) fruit than in “lab” produced food. Don’t like chemicals? Stop breathing and eating entirely.

  150. djinn

    May 10, 2015 at 3:39 am

    That’s an inane thing to say. Water and salt, both ESSENTIAL for human life is used in all sorts of industrial settings. Go read a book FFS.

  151. djinn

    May 10, 2015 at 3:41 am

    The harm is we’d all starve to death.YOU CAN NOT REMOVE CHEMICALS FROM FOOD.

  152. Kristoffer Groves

    May 10, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Go away, SMC. Grown folks are trying to have a discussion here.

  153. Kristoffer Groves

    May 10, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Come on, she may be cognitively impaired, but she’s still a babe.

  154. Matt

    May 10, 2015 at 4:04 am

    The existence of bad science does not qualify Science as bad. Bad science is recognized and labeled as bad science by the science community. Food babe has been clearly labeled by the science community as something lower than bad science: pseudoscience. Thanks for playing, though.

  155. Stephanie Hughes

    May 10, 2015 at 4:08 am

    SMC, you are simply rehashing the same old “Do your research” argument, that most of Vani’s followers use… She is making claims about science and nutrition, therefore the burden of proof falls on her. In the AJ interview, Vani Hari scoffs that a company “had it in the works” then when asked and an advisory panel, Vani herself says ” it’s in the works” , showing just how biased and skewed she is… The claims she makes are false, and have led people into an odd form of an eating disorder… This article is stating that it the Food Babe is finally getting noticed for the fraud she is… and I applaud the people who expose the food beast, before she causes more damage.

  156. John Powers

    May 10, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Ummm… guys/girls… he was making a joke.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ask_Dr._Science

    Are we the only ones who grew up with Doctor Science?

  157. Wesley Smith

    May 10, 2015 at 4:12 am

    “(C)omprehend the information that’s out there” just because you decide the scientific community is not telling you what you want to hear does not mean that seeking out pseudo-scientific conclusions and believing them is the correct thing to do. You probably never read or took the time to understand what the scientific perspective was. And don’t feel bad about this; certain topics can be quite challenging!

    Science never claims to always be correct; however, by definition, science (when done effectively) attempts to come to the simplest conclusion based on laws or assumptions that are most consistent with empirical data.

    If you come up with a better method than the scientific one, we are all ears. Please tell us.

    PS: I do agree that the scientific community can be condescending (not always), but perhaps that is a result of much hard work being ignored by people who read a couple articles then decide they are on par with experts.

    If you want to read more about the scientific method, what it means to practice skepticism, and what fallacies you can avoid in your education process, Carl Sagan has some great advice in his book, “The Demon-Haunted World”.

  158. Random411

    May 10, 2015 at 5:06 am

    Oh course science is not always right, that’s how you find what is right, by being wrong. It’s called the Scientific Method. And since everything in your house, and including your house has been made from science. *facepalm*

  159. Dean

    May 10, 2015 at 5:34 am

    “Your comment sucked?” What are you, like 14 years old?

  160. Reid Benjamin

    May 10, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t automatically mean that it is bad/sucks.
    You don’t understand science. OK, great. That doesn’t mean that it is bad.
    You don’t understand the chemical names on the packaging. OK, great. That doesn’t mean it is bad for you.
    Work on limiting your ignorance first, then make a judgement. Have a wonderful day – I hope it is filled with pleasant things. xo

  161. alien

    May 10, 2015 at 9:04 am

    she did fine…

  162. Klouse

    May 10, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Then starch shouldn’t be consumed because it is found in biodegradable packaging peanuts…. I dunno you seem to be exhibiting the characteristics of an idiot.

  163. Klouse

    May 10, 2015 at 9:36 am

    The sad thing is that nitrogen makes up the large majority of the air we breath.

  164. Eirik

    May 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Science is noe always right, what does that even mean? What other methods do you suggest? Magic, or gut feeling? Or just plain stupid, like your incompetent internet comment, made possible by.. Science.

  165. Robert H. Butler

    May 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    You don’t need a degree…but you do need scientific literacy. When that dumbass can argue ‘no amount of chemicals is acceptable’ when literally everything is composed of chemicals…yeah…she robs herself of any reasonable pretense of credibility.

  166. Alan Byers

    May 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    It’s absolutely astounding that shills for this charlatan call scientists “bigwigs”. Scientists are not bigwigs. By and large they make very little money, work long hours and have tragically little influence in American politics.

    Hari is making God knows how much money peddling her chemically ignorant paranoia, and yet its us scientists who are driven by greed right? If I had the power to make people hear what they sound like…

  167. Jay

    May 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    It is interesting to note that all the Vani-haters are just that. Not one comment I see offers any science of their own…just middle-school type name calling. Why are you all so afraid to look behind the food industry’s curtain? Why are you afraid for consumers to ask for clarity and truth in product development, packaging, and advertising? And when did this consumer (Vani) become so vilified for bringing a discussion to the public? I just don’t get those who are so afraid to look at another viewpoint. And all of your hate-speech is just that…empty bullying with no facts behind it. Noise pollution.

  168. fooddood416

    May 10, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    sicker and sicker while we have eliminated hundreds of deadly diseases and have increased our lifespan to longer then ever in human history..

    right….

  169. Dead In Hell

    May 10, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Yes, educate yourself and comprehend the information that’s out there. By uncritically accepting every bogus claim that some airhead with a blog makes.

  170. Padraig Ó Raghaill

    May 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    She is the absolute personification of ignorance wrapped up in commercial intent. Although she does cater for her demographic, and that too is pretty thick.

  171. Ben Jones

    May 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    That’s just the problem! Listen to her interview!! How did you get started…? “Well, it really was an accident…” Are you kidding me? People still listen/read on past that? Would you go to a doctor who just kinda decided to do it by accident? That’s the problem! She’s *not* properly educating herself… and can *not* seem to comprehend simple concepts that any basic chemistry student would know! When your offering health/medical advice to millions based on pseudoscience, misinformation, and the twisting of facts… that’s just plain irresponsible. It’s fine to use a bold or catchy headline to get people’s attention, but then present an intelligent argument based on *real* evidence and science… not inaccurate misinformation and sensationalized half-truths. Fear mongering and preying on the ignorant just to get “Likes” or sell more books doesn’t *help* anyone but herself. The same tactics were used by William Randolph Hearst to sell newspapers and it worked great for him… but he wasn’t giving people advice that could effect their health/lives! If she really wanted to make a difference, then maybe she would educate herself, take some classes, or get a degree from somewhere accredited (…somewhere other the B*llSh**University.) If she put all of this energy into actually informing herself with facts… who knows what she could accomplish. But that would take some real effort, and she seems comfortable taking the easy route… scaring people into believing her falsehoods. And sadly, I think that she’s just as happy getting negative attention. She was just a faceless nobody computer geek and now the whole world is paying attention to her. So I doubt she cares whether it’s good or bad… as long as she’s getting attention. It’s takes 2 though… and she wouldn’t be as popular if it weren’t for those foolish enough to blindly follow her. So I guess this is where I just smile… and hope that Social Darwinism takes it course. ;

  172. Odinsson

    May 11, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Haha Jesus had a lot of critics, too. They even nailed him to chunks of wood for being wrong. We should treat Food Fraud the same way. Then set her on fire.

  173. Jay

    May 11, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Hmmmm. Interesting. If you leave a post against Vani you get an immediate post. If you are anti Vani you have to wait for the moderators to approve your post. Is this what is free speech? Ha!

  174. María

    May 11, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Exactly.

  175. mike

    May 11, 2015 at 4:16 am

    I can show you a toilet with crap and tell you recycled water, which is what we all drink, means you are drinking crap will she or you stop drinking water of course not she sensationalizes with no understanding of the processes of food. Example what is called rat poison is not a poison at all it is a medication called Coumadin taken daily to prevent blood clotting causing strokes, heart attacks, phlebotomist.

  176. psychtld

    May 11, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Indeed.

    And – nowadays – I wouldn’t even ask her for computer-related advice! (Her bachelor degree is in computer science)

  177. Patricia Aoaki Wilton

    May 11, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Sorry, I’ve actually gone through myself and researched a few of the bs claims she posted on her vblog. She finds a large, scary sounding word and links it to being in other things that aren’t food. Frankly, if she’s so afraid of chemicals, she should stop breathing the O2 that she’s putting into her system, and maybe stop drinking the hydrogen dioxide.
    There is plenty of bad science. There are also plenty of stupid people that will believe Food Babe’s BAD SCIENCE. You see, scientists tend to need to get claims peer reviewed before they are put forward, and they are only ever considered ‘scientific fact’ until someone can disprove them (in a peer reviewed study). That’s how science works. Empirical evidence, rather than wild fear mongering bollocks.
    Food Babe’s ideas and bad science are right up there with the people spouting that there’s no such thing as global warming because it’s cold on the east coast. If you’re unwilling to look up her claims and see if you’re buying her snake oil, get out of the comments sections, you crazy pissmuppet.

  178. CaptionObvious

    May 11, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Nothing she says is backed by anything. She makes baseless claims and sells them as facts them morons like you eat it up.

  179. Juan Diego Ocampo

    May 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    “The good thing about science is that it’s true weather or not you believe in it.”
    – Neil DeGrasse Tyson

  180. Anthony Harris

    May 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Nice…I see what you did there.

  181. G. Papadatos

    May 11, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    The interviewer was not at all condescending. She was very fair, and she gave Ms. Hari plenty of opportunity to respond to her critics in a substantive manner. It is the so-called Food Babe who failed, here.

    Vani Hari claims that she doesn’t need a science degree to write what she does, because journalists don’t have science degrees, either. She may have a point. Having said that, though, I have to wonder: Why doesn’t she go back to school and GET a science degree? She has enough time and money to do so.

  182. Lenore

    May 12, 2015 at 12:30 am

    exactly what I thought! I completely agree with SMC!

  183. Steve Mushynsky

    May 12, 2015 at 1:17 am

    You very accurately and intelligently describe what science is and is not and how “food babe” twists ignorance to appeal to readers’ emotions – reality and established facts be damned.
    Yes, scientific knowledge evolves with time and experience, but emotional foolery for profit has nothing to add to that process.
    “Food babe”, as her assumed moniker indicates, is an attention-whore willing to spread trash instead of knowledge in order to make herself a buck.
    Her supporters commenting here fling emotional support at her critics like poo, but their comments are devoid of any facts or evidence of scientific awareness.
    Emotion is not nutrition. Emotion is a sales job. Emotion is being a sucker for a pitch.

  184. Steve Mushynsky

    May 12, 2015 at 1:39 am

    Dear Food Babe:

    I have a science degree and a long lifetime of appreciatively following advances in science knowledge.

    I’ve known people with science degrees.

    You, Food Babe, are NO person with a science degree.

    Not even close.

  185. shalatdesign

    May 12, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    The only misleading headline is the one to this article. Ms. Hari, with whom I do not agree, represented herself well in the Al Jazeera interview.

  186. stacygturner

    May 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    “Foodbabe is 100% right.”

    But that is wrong. Just read her now deleted article on Airline Practices. Google it. It is hilariously wrong with every data point. The Pilots destroyed her.

    As for the rest of your uneducated opinion realize that they are just feelings you have about not understanding scientific objectivity, the scientific method, and scientific knowledge. No one is entitled to an opinion. You are however granted the right to have an educated opinion or expert opinion. You posted a lot of feels.

    “Science is NOT always right.”

    No, it isn’t yet on whatever question you may have, and has the most viable current data on the subject, and is the best method for finding the next clue in the quest to solve the question. It will eventually get there however, while your method of going with emotional decision making based on Common Sense Fallacy and Appeal To False Authority Fallacy is probably going to make you look silly.

    “There is plenty of BAD SCIENCE. ”

    Nope. But there is science that may have been done incorrectly or with bias.

    I give your critique of this article using a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being the best: Potato.

    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

    ― Isaac Asimov

  187. Ben Jones

    May 14, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    We’re not the one’s having to *prove* anything! We’re not justifying, proving, or claiming anything… unlike the Fraud Babe. We’re just pointing out how inept and uneducated she is in regards to the topics that she pursues. “If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, then it must be a… QUACK!”

  188. Jason Markle

    May 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Soooo you all realize all the organic shit she is trying to get you to put in your body is worse than the synthetic stuff right? Example: An organic foods still use pesticides, but the pesticides that are being used are naturally occurring chemicals. When you ingest a lot of these different chemicals, your body doesn’t really break them down all that well and then you end up getting a toxicity build up in your system. Because of people like the food babe, “organic” has become a marketing term rather than a factual one. If you had true organic foods, they wouldn’t last from being pulled, washed, and shipped to the grocery store. Think of organic bananas. Organic bananas are not organic. They have been mutated to look and taste the way that they do through selective breading which is not a natural occurrence. There is such a massive and large amount of information that she actually skips, that it discredits her entire argument. That’s the problem with her. That’s why you all should be boycotting 90% of what she says. Does our food industry need to change? Yes. Is she the one to do it? No, because she’s using scare tactics and yellow journalism to do it, which is both wrong and illegal.

  189. Dave

    May 20, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Scientists will seldom speak out against the establishment big food cabal. because the will loose their grant funding. Food babe uses simple logic to get the facts out. Good on her for stepping up and voicing the truth. Big food can hire all the scientists and “experts” they want to tell us lies and twist logic to get us to believe that processed foods are good for us.

  190. Catleya

    June 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Vani!

  191. Ashley

    June 29, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    So because there is plenty or bad science … vani Hari is right on food? That’s like saying because obama is a Democrat, I like cheese.

  192. Pandora's Health

    July 10, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Science does have opinions — they are visible in the decision about which research gets done at all. Potential profit is a large factor. See the book The Truth About the Drug Companies: http://www.amazon.com/The-Truth-About-Drug-Companies/dp/0375760946

    I’m not saying “science is bad.” I’m saying the issue is more nuanced than “all science is good.” Sometimes our common sense is useful as well 🙂 Yes, an apple is healthier than a Twinkie. I don’t need a scientific study to tell me that.

  193. bella1986

    July 15, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Hello Vani aka SMC. If my respiratory specialist told me to stop eating sushi and I won’t have my asthma anymore, I would give up eating sushi which happens to be the only food I live for. Anyone who has asthma or experienced asthma attacks will not be as careless as Vani Hari in claiming that dietary changes she made CURED her of asthma, unless prior to her dietary change, she used to eat bowls of pollen, pet dander and histamine.

  194. Teresa

    July 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Why would you want anything other than “food” in your food. Get real people. We are not meant to eat this junk in our foods to preserve them. Eat real food:)

  195. Suzi

    August 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I think Food babe is ballsy and I love it! The stress and backlash from conventional food producers must be enormous and I am so so so thankful that you’re taking a stand against crappy ingredients.
    This interview was great – except for the interviewer. What a pretentious unprofessional snooty woman.
    American food has THE WORST reputation because… it is the worst. I frankly never want to go to America because of the food. GMO, pumped with sugar, hydrogenation etc etc.. The only the US will get a deal with Europe is if it completely resigns it’s total food production methods and practices..
    thanks Food babe

  196. Rose

    September 13, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I think what people are forgetting is there are doctors and scientists who say the same things about GMOs etc. Why not make a list and target them all as well.

  197. Warren Smith

    September 24, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Do you drink a FRACKING CHEMICAL? Yes, DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE*, a well known chemical used in HYDROCARBON FRACKING, and many other industrial processes, is present in every processed food you eat!

    *Water

  198. Jeff Sampson

    September 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Science isn’t always right but science has a way of correcting this, scrutiny from other scientists aka peer review. The Food Babe does not welcome scrutiny, shuts it down in fact.

    Her approach of assuming something is dangerous based solely on its scientific name is a very dangerous one. Blindly following this women wont make you or your family any healthier, it will only make you less intelligent and perhaps poorer as you follow her self-serving guidance.

    She’s a shill for herself.

  199. Mark Aaron Alsip

    October 18, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Nearly every product Vani Hari sells contains the same ingredients she says are dangerous. If you want to speak of education, start be reading the labels of the stuff she’s selling.

  200. R Hugh Sirius

    December 31, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Food Babe? More like the Food Returd. Trying to stir up controversy with her half-baked food information. She has no legitimate human nutrition or health-related credentials. She is an ignorant loud-mouth who convinces other ignorant fools of baseless food-related nonsense. She does not know one chemical from the other. Just because she cannot pronounce chemical names, does not suggest that everyone else is her dumbass equal. Any modestly educated person in nutrition would find her to be nothing more than offensively stupid. In the end, she will discover (yes, even the stupid can learn to some small degree) that her organic lifestyle will not allow her to live a minute longer.

  201. Karla Alcantara

    January 17, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I totally agree! I have a degree in Nutrition and Food Science and I’m a fan of her work. She’s voicing the opinion that many of us have as food experts. Go Vani!

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