Last week, an open letter to Vani Hari, the Food Babe, was posted on Science Meets Food. We are pleased that Ms. Hari has engaged with us in this dialogue. The original letter can be read here, and a portion of Ms. Hari’s response is quoted below.
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“Dear Future Science Students In Training,
Thank you so much for your letter, which I greatly appreciated receiving.
Here are a few guidelines for my work that I hope you will consider.
First, synthetic ingredients in our food should be proven safe before they are put into our bodies. The current system in the United States, unlike Europe, considers most chemicals innocent until proven guilty. Absolute proof of harm is not a moral standard for protecting public health – that is for the realm of theoretical science only. When there is significant evidence, short of certainty, we should protect the public from unnecessary risk. As you know most of the chemicals in our food supply have never been independently tested for safety by a 3rd party or the FDA. Can we join forces to insist they should be?
Meanwhile, I do take issue with your assertion that there is no evidence that organic products are better for health…..”
The rest of Ms. Hari’s response can be read here: http://foodbabe.com/an-open-letter-to-food-babe/