Science is Gray

Sarina Farb

Science isn’t as black and white as the media often portrays it. Join former science teacher and vegan educator Sarina Farb for nuanced, honest, and holistic conversations exploring the gray areas of science and ethics in society. If you care about making the world a better place, like doing your own critical thinking, and are tired of censorship, corporate bias, and politicized science, this is the podcast for you! The Science is Gray podcast takes a critical look at the intersection of science, ethics, and public policy. Take a deep dive with us to hear uncensored conversations on controversial scientific topics, see past corporate propaganda masquerading as science, and to learn how our morals/ethics can and should shape science and how it's applied in society.
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Welcome to The Science is Gray Podcast!
#13: How Evidence-Based is Our Healthcare? Plant-Based Nutrition & Med School w/Lakshman Mulpuri#12: Covid Vaccines, Animal Testing, Trusting Science, & Vegan Ethics w/Seb Alex#11: Food Sovereignty and Animal Liberation: Can We Have Both? w/Nassim Nobari
Does veganism inherently rely on a corporate globalized food system? Is it wrong to advocate just for animals without also advocating for exploited human farm workers? Are animal liberation and indigenous rights/food sovereignty at odds with each other? There may not be a single easy answer to any of these questions, but I really loved discussing and hearing activist Nassim Nobari’s nuanced perspective on these issues and what she thinks a truly radical and progressive approach to creating a just and sustainable food system looks like. In today’s episode Nassim Nobari and I definitely go beyond all usual labels, “sides” and boxes that people are often forced into, as we discuss ethical dilemmas in the vegan and food justice movements, and how to navigate those tricky gray areas. Enjoy! —------- Nassim Nobari is a long-time human and animal rights activist who views the transformation of our food systems as foundational to redressing injustice, inequality and environmental degradation. She holds a master’s in psychology from the University of Lausanne, where she focused on the social representations of food and the ways in which social identity influences meat and milk consumption. After years involved in progressive causes, she became alarmed at the increased legitimization of animal exploitation by the food movement. In response, she co-founded Seed the Common, a grassroots organization dedicated to wresting food systems from corporate control and building just and sustainable alternatives that are independent of animal exploitation. Nassim has brought together a growing network of farmers, activists, academics, and writers to create a new food system that benefits the planet and everyone along the food chain, including non-human animals. Under her leadership, Seed the Commons was especially instrumental in popularizing veganic agriculture and building a movement for a transition to plant-based agriculture.On the heels of these successes, Nassim saw her work being appropriated by a pro-neoliberal animal rights industry that simultaneously excludes and exploits grassroots organizers and radical thinkers, so she recently stepped down from her role as director of Seed the Commons to spend some time writing, traveling and enjoying nature and her dog’s company. Visit Seed the Commons Website Seed the Commons YouTube channel Get a FREE vegan living guide! Purchase my Ingredient learning flashcards My Youtube channel For more information or to contact sarina visit www.bornvegan.org or send an email to info@bornvegan.org
Jan 4 2022
1 hr 30 mins
Welcome to The Science is Gray Podcast!Agriculture, Solving Climate Change, and Making Sense of Conflicting Numbers w/Sailesh Rao PhD)Effective Altruism and Measuring the Effects of Our Vegan Activism w/Casey Taft PhD
You've probably heard of the Effective Altruism (AE) movement before, and the effort to apply effective altruism to animal advocacy work and reducing suffering of animals. But do you know what it actually is? And is effective altruism all it's really cracked up to be?? I have seen countless debates within the animal advocacy movement about what the "best" type of activism is, with many people pushing everyone to do one single thing. In the last few years things like animal welfare legislation (focused on bigger cages, and "humane slaughter") and reducitarianism have been pushed on the movement by several well-known AE philanthropists and non profits as the end-all-be-all of evidence based "effective activism". But can we even measure the effects of our vegan and animal rights activism in the first place? How do we know what will really end speciesism, save animals, and turn the world vegan in the future? And what role should science and data actually play in social justice movements and especially animal rights work? I discuss all that and more in this episode with Casey Taft who wrote the brilliant book 'Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy: A Clinical Psychology Perspective'. Casey Taft is the co-founder and manager of Vegan Publishers and is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of trauma and the family, winning prestigious awards for his work from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, and has consulted with the United Nations on preventing violence and abuse globally. He sees the prevention of violence towards animals as a natural extension of this work.
Oct 11 2021
43 mins
Is Lab-grown Meat REALLY a Sustainable and Ethical Food Solution? W/Vasile Stanescu
Do you have questions about lab-grown meat? Wondering if it's really as sustainable and great for animals as great as many proponents claim?  Will it solve the ethical and environmental problems with our current food system and factory farming? Today Dr. Vasile Stanescu joins me to take a holistic deep dive into the benefits and downside of lab-grown meat (AKA in vitro meat, cell-based meat, cultured meat, or clean meat)  and who this novel technology will really benefit! We cover: - what lab meat is/how its made- what proponents claim this miracle product can do- Will it help end animal exploitation and factory farming? - Fetal bovine serum and animal inputs - the sustainability of lab meat- The validity of using the free market/technology to solve moral issues in society - What do we really need to end speciesism? - Corporate control of our food supply------ Dr. Vasile Stanescu is associate professor of Communication Studies at Mercer University. Stanescu is co-editor of the Critical Animal Studies book series published by Rodopi/Brill, the co-founder of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies (NAACAS), the former co-editor of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, and former co-organizer of the Stanford Environmental Humanities Project. Dr. Stanescu is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications on the critical study of animals and the environment. Dr. Stanescu’s research has been recognized by The Woods Institute for the Environment, Minding Animals International, The Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Culture and Animals Foundation, the Institute for Critical Animal Studies, and the Institutul Cultural Român (Institute for Romanian Culture), among others.------ For more information and vegan perspectives on lab-grown meat, check out these others videos about lab-grown meat on my youtube channel and the brilliant, detailed, and fully referenced website: Clean Meat Hoax  ---- Want to be the first to be notified every time I release a new episode? Sign up HERE for my email list or visit my website for more information: https://bornvegan.org
Sep 6 2021
53 mins
Biased Science: Roundup, Cancer, and Corporate Corruption with Carey Gillam
In this episode I speak with award-winning author and investigative journalist Carey Gillam about the story of Monsanto's notorious weedkiller Roundup, and the ongoing litigation around it's cancer-causing potential. We discuss: - Carey's latest book The Monsanto Papers- The importance of lawsuits against Monsanto- The lengths Monsanto went to to cover up evidence of cancer risk- What internal documents showed about corruption and how Monsanto biased science- The state of science journalism in mainstream media - How corporate corruption impacts media reportingCarey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering corporate news, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international.  She is the author of “Whitewash- The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science,” an expose of corporate corruption in agriculture. The book won the coveted Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists in 2018. Gillam works now as Research Director for the non-profit US Right to Know and as a columnist for The Guardian. Her second book, a narrative legal thriller titled The Monsanto Papers, was released March 2. 2021. She also has contributed chapters for a text book about environmental journalism and another about pesticide use in Africa. Gillam was asked to testify before the European Parliament in 2017 about her findings and was an invited speaker at the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France in 2019. She also has been a keynote and/or panel speaker at events and universities throughout North America, Australia, The Netherlands, Brussels, and France. Corporate powers have attempted to silence and harass Gillam. Monsanto even created a secret project aimed at discrediting Gillam, according to internal corporate documents uncovered through litigation. Learn more about Carey's work here: https://careygillam.com/ and here https://usrtk.org/carey-gillam/
Aug 3 2021
42 mins
Nature, new technology and the collapse of civilization with Semih Oguzcan (PhD)Propoganda, GMOs, & Corporate Bias in Higher Education w/Robert SchoolerRethinking our Food and Agriculture Paradigms w/Laila Kassam PhDThe Origins of COVID19 and the Pandemic Industrial Complex w/ Jonathan Latham PhD
In this episode I speak with virologist Jonathan Latham about the origins of the COVID19 Pandemic and whether it originated from a wet market or was really a lab-release! This includes answering the following: Is there a precedent for lab-releases? What is the evidence for a lab leak?What is the evidence for a natural zoonotic origin? Why doesn’t the wet market theory hold up?  Why has mainstream media censored discussions of a lab leak? You can read Jonathan’s detailed and evidence based articles on the topic here: https://www.independentsciencenews.org/commentaries/a-chinese-phd-thesis-sheds-important-new-light-on-the-origin-of-the-covid-19-coronavirus/ https://www.independentsciencenews.org/commentaries/a-proposed-origin-for-sars-cov-2-and-the-covid-19-pandemic/ Jonathan R Latham, PhD is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News. Dr Latham is also the Director of the Poison Papers project which publicizes documents of the chemical industry and its regulators. Dr. Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Virology. He was subsequently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, plant virology, genetics and genetic engineering. Dr Latham has written for Truthout, MIT Technology Review, the Guardian, Resilience, Salon.com, and many other magazines and websites. Visit his website here: https://www.independentsciencenews.org/
Jun 8 2021
1 hr 19 mins
Dairy and Racism in The Federal Dietary Guidelines w/ Dr. Milton Mills
May 26 2021
46 mins
Reductionism in Nutrition Science with Dr. T. Colin Campbell