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Environment

Opportunistic Scaremongering

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorMay 28, 2014 7:30 PM

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In 2008, the animals rights group PETA was lambasted for a new ad campaign.

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Although the billboards were quickly taken down, the ridiculous article discussing the supposed link between autism and milk remains on the group's website. Steven Novella and a columnist for the Telegraph (among others?) seem to have just discovered the article and mistaken it for a new campaign. Still, it's worth noting one thing the Telegraph columnist said about the PETA article. He called it "opportunistic scaremongering." This is a common tactic of activists. More recently, anti-biotech activists have been claiming a link between GMOs and autism. Many who are zealous about a cause turn into opportunistic fear-mongers. And that, combined with the media's penchant for alarming stories, seems to be harmful to people's health.

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