Category Archives: chemistry

From Ideas to Evidence, an Interview: My Organic Crisis and the Birth of This Blog

In four short years, since I started looking at the science of farming more closely, the topic of organic vs conventional has felt very worn out to me, several times. I already know how it will go: some people have … Continue reading

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Radioactive Reflections – A Radiochemist’s Take on Nuclear Power, Frog Legs, and Cigarettes

When Eerika Häkkinen was young, she used to carry a “Nuclear, No Thanks” -badge with her wherever she went. Later she began to study chemistry at the University of Helsinki, and thought that majoring in radiochemistry would be a great … Continue reading

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On the Nature of ‘Natural’

Is something good because it’s natural? The word natural is often used when we want to convey something good, and imply that the object of discussion is not, in some way, the product of a humans-only process. To note, this … Continue reading

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5.-6. Glyphosate, Other Pesticides, and The Precautionary Principle

In my series 17 Questions about Glyphosate, question 5. deals with questions I have encountered about how to prepare for and anticipate potential problems which we may have too little knowledge of to foresee at present. In other words, should … Continue reading

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2.-3. Glyphosate and Health Effects A-Z

In my series 17 Questions about Glyphosate, question 2. looks at glyphosate and health effects, and also at what role surfactants might play in some of the results. *Added: Information about glyphosate breakdown product AMPA, and a section on endocrine disruptor … Continue reading

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17 Questions About Glyphosate

Many worry about pesticides for health or environmental reasons, and the most common target of general concern is undoubtedly glyphosate, the active ingredient in the famous weedkiller RoundUp. I find that the best thing to do when something worries me, is to find out more … Continue reading

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Mercury in Retrogade

Most vaccines are now manufactured with mercury-free preservatives due to public concern. Some flu shots still contain thimerosal. The removal of thimerosal was not based on evidence of harm, and even in retrospect, none has been found. Continue reading

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