[UPDATE: After an outpouring of support, and an article in the Charlotte Observer confirming my statements in the previous article, I have decided to repost it. You can view it here.]
Last week I posted an article about Food Babe‘s bullying tactics against major food producers, including Subway. If you remember, Food Babe made a huge fuss over Subway’s bread containing an ingredient that we have used to make bread since 1927. However, even when Subway got rid of the chemical in their bread, Food Babe still complained that their food was full of “GMOs and chemicals” and warned her followers not to eat there.
She’s used this tactic against many companies that have given into her.
You may notice that the particular article about Food Babe is currently missing from my blog. That’s because I ended up taking it down the same day I published it….because that’s what Food Babe requested.
Imagine my shock when I looked down at my phone and saw the Facebook notification that I’ve received a message from Vani Hari (Food Babe’s real life name) herself. This is what Ms. Hari had to say:
Now, for the time being I have taken the article down. I strive to make sure everything I post is factually accurate and supported by valid sources. Everything. That even includes an article about Food Babe’s bullying tactics. The article is currently down and will remain down for the time being, though nothing in it was inaccurate or defamatory. Quite frankly, it wasn’t worth the fight.
However, I simply cannot pass the opportunity to comment on Food Babe’s obvious hypocrisy.
Her gig is to accuse food companies of putting dangerous chemicals and other additives into the products they sell and she does it without a single shred of evidence (science or otherwise). She tries to create a media storm with false information. Yet she didn’t like it when my article about her tactics of threatening these companies with bad publicity, because she thought it was false and inaccurate.
Pot, meet kettle.
At least what I said about her was accurate.
But I’m not here to get into a personality fight or social media war with Food Babe. I could not care less about who it is telling the lies – Food Babe, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Oz, or whoever else; I care about what they’re telling people.
My goal is to promote conventional agriculture because I think it is the best way for us to feed the world with environmentally sound practices. She wants to scare people and sell a few products.
That’s totally fine. I’ll continue to call her bluff.