Before the 1820s, everyone “knew” raw tomatoes were poisonous. It wasn’t until a man named Robert Johnson famously ate a bushel of them on the steps of an Oregon courthouse that the public was convinced that tomatoes weren’t to be feared.Veterans of the industry know that irrational food fears are nothing new. In contrast to real dangers, such as foodborne illness, today food activists are using junk science to demonize benign ingredients and promote their own agendas. Even when the source ...

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