I laughed so hard I cried after reading Food Babe’s latest post on avoiding GMOs.1 It’s hard to avoid something when you’re selling it in your own store. Yes Vani Hari, I’m looking at you.
As I pointed out in an earlier article,2 Hari sells a hand sanitizer derived from GMO corn. The sanitizer’s manufacturer freely admits this fact. If you break down the source code of Vani’s shopping web site, you can see she’s been hawking this product for over four years. So much for Food Babe’s “investigative skills”:
To be clear, there’s absolutely nothing to fear from genetically modified corn–or any other such organism. GMOs have been in our food supply for decades, with no ill effect. Thousands of studies support their safety. But one could derive a drinking game from Food Babe’s anti-technology posts, taking a swig every time we encounter the word “GMO”. For example, you could empty a bottle of good vodka poring over a Food Babe narrative on enchiladas:
Vani Hari doesn’t get off the hook just because she’s writing about GMOs in food and the GMO product she’s selling is intended for use on the skin. She’s written multiple articles preaching the dangers of using “toxic” chemicals on skin, 3,4 claiming the poisons will be absorbed into the body. And she’s diametrically opposed to the production of genetically modified crops:5,6
“I want the pollution of our earth to stop”–Vani Hari on GMO crop production
So you have to stop and wonder why Food Babe has been selling an item made from GMO corn for four years.
In a future article, we’ll look at possible answers to this question, along with an interesting, mysterious puzzle: Vani Hari has been quietly pulling products from her online shop with no explanation, despite a very public announcement in January 2015 that she’d be transparent about her mistakes and errors. What’s really going on behind the scenes a FoodBabe.com?
Food Babe screen snapshots and Clean Well hand sanitizer product images are used in strict compliance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of United States copyright law (commonly known as “fair use law”). This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, parody, and increase public health knowledge.
(1) Food Babe GMO Post (Facebook)
(2) Food Babe Is Selling GMOs
(3) Be A Drug Store Beauty Dropout
(4) Throw This Out Of Your Bathroom Cabinet Immediately
(5) Confirmed: Lab Tests Show… (Food Babe)
(6) Difference Between Organic and Non GMO Labels (Food Babe)