10 negative reviews of the “Food Babe” worth reading & sharing

Vani Hari…uses social media to spread blatant misinformation…

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by Amanda Radke in BEEF Daily

The Food Babe continues to attack the food industry, but scientists are Combat Shooter's Handbookfighting back. Here are 10 reads about the Food Babe that show how she stokes consumer fear and uses strong-arm tactics on food suppliers to pad her own pocket.

Vani Hari, aka the “Food Babe,” is a notorious, self-styled food activist who uses social media to spread blatant misinformation and scare Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Instituteconsumers about their food. She employs fearmongering to harass and strong-arm food companies and food producers, while making some handsome bucks in the process. The Food Babe isn’t a scientist, dietitian, doctor, nutritionist or trainer, but she touts herself as an expert in food and has a following, called her “Food Babe Army,” that takes her spin as gospel to pressure her targets.

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Hari is successful because she’s an attractive, charismatic and a prolific writer and speaker who uses fear to scare people to get her way. Bona fide science experts are now lining up to fight back, as reported in a recent NPR article entitled “Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out.”

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Now, many are speaking out against the Food Babe for her inflammatory statements. I thought it might be beneficial to put together a list of some of her negative reviews in the press. Feel free to pass along this blog and use this list to read up on Hari and how she attacks modern agriculture. I should mention a few of the writers use some profanity, but I think it’s a direct reflection to the anger this woman incites.

Here are 10 articles about the Food Babe worth reading:

  1. “The Food Babe is a raving lunatic” by C.A. Pinkham for The Kitchenette
  2. “Vani Hari (aka The Food Babe): The Jenny McCarthy of food” by David Gorski for Science-Based Medicine
  3. “An open letter to the Food Babe” featured on the Science Meets Food blog
  4. “Food Babe comes to my university” by Kevin Folta, professor and scientist
  5. “The Food Babe? More like the Fool Babe” featured on Doubtful News
  6. “Food Babe’s fear-mongering tries to crush Canola” by Sarah Schultz on the Nurse Loves Farmer blog
  7. “Is the Food Babe more dangerous than pumpkin spice lattes?” by Zach Bussey
  8. “The Food Babe’s BS habits” by Yvette Guinevere for scibabe.com
  9. “The Food Babe blogger is full of it” featured on The Gawker
  10. “The controversial rise of the Food Babe” featured on the New York Post website

What do you think of the Food Babe? How should agricultural advocates work to dispel the misinformation and myths Hari is perpetuating? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of Beefmagazine.com or the Penton Farm Progress Group.

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