Bee-mageddon, Magic Chocolate, and Bad Reporting on Science: Junk Science Beats Real Science in Newsrooms and in the Halls of Power
Bad scientists and bad journalists team up to use junk science—scientific claims that are unsupported by the facts—to mislead the public and exploit people’s fear. For this, society pays a high price. Pesticides and genetically modified foods get banned for no good reason, which leads to higher prices for food (hurting poor people worst of all). Baseless concerns over vaccination help spread infectious disease. The checks-and-balances that are supposed to protect us from junk science are broken, and there is a critical need for reform.