Who’s afraid of the big, bad science?

This country is in a crisis of scientific illiteracy. On the everyday level, many people aren’t familiar with even the rudiments of the scientific method, critical thinking, and how they function, issues that have real and serious repercussions for society — in a prominent recent example, people who can’t comprehend how vaccines work are endangering […]

Our policy is killing women — and we don’t care

Much of the talk about the ‘war on women’ has surrounded our country’s horrific approach to reproductive justice and the crackdown on reproductive rights across the United States. Every year, more and more bills targeting cis women are introduced — term limits for abortion, mandatory ultrasounds, stiffer requirements for facilities offering abortion services, funding cuts […]

When Big Ag Claims to Be Helping ‘Small Farms’

When big corporations, especially groups and trade associations of big corporations, appear to be lobbying for small businesses, I always get deeply suspicious. I see no particular reason why these firms should support smaller rivals in the industry, even if they are small and unlikely to ever threaten the larger company’s market share, because this […]

The Raw Milk Underground

Raw milk has become a fascinating flashpoint of agricultural rebellion in the United States. In some states, it’s explicitly illegal; you cannot buy or sell raw milk, period, end of story. In others, it’s legal and regulated, to varying degrees. And it comes with its own sets of evangelists on both sides, the people who […]