Monday, December 23, 2019

The triumph of ignorance …

… Study Finds Almost 40 Percent of People in Eight European Nations Would Like to Live “in a World Where Chemical Substances Don’t Exist” –

As the study's authors—Swiss academics Michael Siegrist and Angela Bearth—point out, such "chemophobia reflects stunning scientific ignorance, because human life would be virtually impossible without chemicals. Indeed, pretty much everything we use or touch is a chemical or combination of chemicals. Even if we limit the definition of "chemicals" to artificially produced substances (as opposed to naturally occurring ones), most of the products of modern industry and agriculture routinely use such materials, and they are—on average—no more dangerous than "natural" substances are.
They could spare themselves exposure to all chemicals by depriving themselves of just one: dihydrogen monoxide.

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