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Guest blogpost by Béatrice Tardieu, Senior Director for Communication & Public Affairs at Janssen, a pharmaceutical company, which is part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. Every year, Cancer claims over 7 million lives. It’s a staggering number, and one that will only get worse. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that annual cancer… » read more

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  There are many interpretations of precaution used in policy debates today. But how is it that environmentalists can switch from one incantation to another without realising that they are contradicting other issues that they themselves are campaigning on. The Risk-Monger has never hidden his views that the precautionary principle is a tool used to… » read more

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  May is parade month in Brussels, but one cannot help but already notice the impressive parade of stupid marching through this town, and nowhere more can this be better exemplified than in the activism surrounding bee health and neonicotinoid pesticides. For much of the last four years, campaigners have been falling over themselves using… » read more

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Guest blogpost by Sascha Marschang, European Public Health Alliance & Linda Mans, Health Workers for All. The economic crisis has led to increased mobility of health professionals within Europe and in some cases it has even replaced recruitment from non-EU member states, thereby adding a distinctly European dimension to the implementation of the WHO Global… » read more

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Recent attacks on environmental NGO activists by government officials have left many to conclude that environmentalism should be criminalised. The Risk-Monger finds this just a tad too harsh, and on the occasion of Earth Day, thought he should come to the defence of his green friends. Although I agree we should not act or design… » read more

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“…treatment with trisodium phosphate, acidified sodium chlorite, chlorine dioxide, or peroxyacid solutions . . . should be of no safety concern.” Expert scientific opinion, European Food and Safety Agency. The EFSA may or may not be right to propose that chlorinated chickens are safe to consume but in this piece it is argued that homo sapiens are, […]

The Logic of Risks

Are Naturalist Nutters showing signs of inconsistency or of a sudden logical outburst when they criticise those who do not vaccinate? Hardly – they are exhibiting a perfectly justifiable illogic that easily harmonises contradictory thinking. We need to…

In today’s world beyond trust, there are calls for industry and government to adhere to codes of conduct. Why is it that those who scream the loudest for this, do not themselves have or adhere to codes of conduct? Are their values better than ours?

By Kathleen Garnett Ever since the first boff in a lab profited from fiddling around with the genetic make-up of plants European agriculture has been at the mercy of the big corporations. Not unlike the pests GMO products are said to repel the bio-tech industry has been swarming all over the treasure chest that is European […]

Auf dem Papier ist die Krankenhausreform wirklich gelungen. Die Ziele, überflüssige Betten abzubauen, unnötige Operationen zu vermeiden und im Dienst der Patient mehr Qualität ins System zu bringen, sind selbstverständlich richtig. Mehr noch: überfällig. Auch der Ansatz, dass eine Umstrukturierung nur gelingen kann, wenn man in das Neue investiert, gehört bei politischen Reformen nicht immer […]

In a previous blog I said that I had requested access to documents on the dealings between DG Enterprise and pharmaceutical industry associations while the EMA was developing (and watering down) its transparency policy. I was given a few “mostly harmless” documents but the rest were refused on the grounds that they contained material that […]