Is Science Anti-Environmental? Democracy and Science in Environmental Health Policy Michele Morrone, Ph.D. Ohio University Definitions Environmentalism : The activity of protecting the environment from pollution or destruction. Science : the search for knowledge. Definitions
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Is Science Anti-Environmental?
Democracy and Science in Environmental Health Policy
Michele Morrone, Ph.D.
Serve as experts
Mobilize the masses
Adults:All (yellow),males (dark blue),females (light blue)
Education: No HS (yellow),HS only (dark blue),BS (light blue),graduate degree (gray)
Science education: 5 or fewer science classes (yellow),6-8 science classes (dark blue),9 or more science classes (light blue)
Organic Consumer’s Association
Food irradiation is a key part of factory farming. By sterilizing meatat the end of the process, food irradiation perpetuates and even worsensthe unsustainable, unsanitary and inhumane conditions found on mostfactory farms.
“promising new food safety technology that can eliminate disease-causing germs from foods… treating food with ionizing radiation can kill bacteria and parasites that would otherwise cause foodborne disease”
“The existing science on the safety of food irradiation is totally inadequate for the FDA to unleash this technology on the public.”
“The foods are not changed in nutritional value and they are not made dangerous as a result of the irradiation. The high energy ray is absorbed as it passes through food, and gives up its energy”
1963, FDA approved use in wheat and flour
Food Additives Act
Food labeling requirements
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded by consensus that "increasing concentrations of anthropogenic greenhouse gases have contributed substantially to the observed warming over the last 50 years."
Norse and Tschirley
University College of London
Public Confidence in Selected Institutions
SOURCE: J. A. Davis, T. W. Smith, and P. V. Marsden, General Social Survey 1972–2002 Cumulative Codebook (University of Chicago, National Opinion Research Center).
Recently, a group of prominent scientists charged that the Bush Administration is ignoring and distorting scientific evidence concerning the seriousness of environmental problems such as global warming. How much have you heard about this criticism before now: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or nothing at all?
Great deal: 8 %
Moderate Amount: 26 %
Not much: 40%
Nothing: 26 %
Source: Gallup Poll, 1005 US Adults, March 8-11, 2004
Who do you tend to believe in this matter: the scientists who claim that the Bush Administration is ignoring and distorting scientific evidence about environmental problems, OR, the Bush Administration, which denies ignoring and distorting scientific evidence about environmental problems
Bush Administration: 32 %
No opinion: 9%
Source: Gallup Poll of 1005 US Adults, March 8-11, 2004