Anti-science activists are pretty good at one thing: scaring the hell out of people. Under the guise of promoting consumer protection, groups like U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) and Generation Rescue target parents with fear-based rhetoric in hopes of gaining support for their unscientific crusades. Sadly, this tactic can be very effective.
So if you're a science educator who deals in facts and statistics, how do you counter the powerful propaganda churned out by activists and their allies in the media? Make a movie aimed at parents.
Science writer Kavin Senapathy joins me today to discuss her newly-released documentary called Science Moms, which she says was made specifically to counter the anti-GMO, anti-vaccine nonsense that so many parents are exposed to during their favorite TV shows and in their social media feeds.
Kavin is a columnist for Forbes and a co-founder of March Against Myths, a group of science activists whose mission is "to fight harmful myths and to call on others to do the same." She's also the author of The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari's Glass House
The Fear Babe: Shattering Vani Hari's Glass House
March Against Myths
Kavin Senapathy at Forbes