Being Comfortable with Science in our Everyday Lives: Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Fear is often based in misunderstanding — no one wants to be seen a fool, or, worse yet, no one wants to make a mistake. Our information-saturated worlds have collided with a new-found interest in food and health at a time when the average consumer doesn’t have a strong understanding of science and chemistry.

This perfect storm has given rise to celebrity doctors and celebrated “food experts” with very little science to back up their claims, and consumers are eating it up. Why?

Real Agriculture caught up at CropSphere with Dr. Joe Schwarcz, of McGill University and host of the science-centric radio show “The Dr. Joe Show,” to talk about the science-based decisions we make every day without realizing it, and why chemistry seems so very overwhelming.

Dr. Schwarcz also discusses the importance of thinking critically about health and wellness advice, how to tease out legitimate science, and why learning about how scientists come to conclusions can be a great first step in getting comfortable with chemistry and things we don’t always fully understand.

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