Vani Hari is a food activist who goes by the moniker Food Babe. She passionately campaigns against toxins and chemicals in food. To date, she has campaigned against over 600 food products in four years, declaring them unsafe for consumption.
In the Gawker piece, Science Babe takes issue with Hari’s tendency to declare any difficult-to-pronounce ingredient a “toxin” or “poison.” One of Hari’s maxims is “If a third grader can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.”
Instead, Science Babe’s rule is—”Don’t base your diet on the pronunciation skills of an eight-year-old.”
d’Entremont discusses one of Food Babe’s most infamous posts – a bizarre article about air travel, which Food Babe deleted from her site. It said that because “pilots control the airflow” in airplanes, they give themselves the best air in the cockpit. It also warned that sometimes, the air in airplanes can get up to 50% nitrogen (!)—but what she didn’t mention is that the air we breathe every day is 78% nitrogen!
d’Entremont also cites Hari encouraging readers to lie about having food allergies to the waitstaff at restaurants, which could diminish the seriousness with which waitstaff treat special food requests of customers who actually have allergies to food.
These issues, as well as many others, are just a few that have led numerous experts to speculate that Hari outright makes shit up with no scientific evidence for her claims.
Food Babe has since responded to the Gawker article, writing in part that it “is another sign that the food and chemical companies are scared to death of consumer activism and will do anything to prevent the truth from coming out.”