26 Feb '16, 11am

Zika, microcephaly, and pesticides: half-truths, hysteria, and vested interests - The Ecologist

Zika, microcephaly, and pesticides: half-truths, hysteria, and vested interests - The Ecologist

"None of that is true, but you can't really expect a guy who thinks 322 million Americans can survive on wind turbines to actually deal with reality. This week, though, Ruffalo's arrogance and ignorance caught up with him. He tweeted out an egregiously inaccurate article blaming pesticides - not mosquitos - for transmitting the Zika virus and causing certain birth defects (it was retweeted more than 500 times). Ruffalo eagerly put the blame on a Monsanto subsidiary (which also turned out to be false) and called it the 'true cause of Brazil's microcephaly outbreak.' The actor was called out by the New York Times and other news outlets for spreading the conspiracy theory; Ruffalo later retweeted an article debunking the rumor yet refused to acknowledge his mistake." Kelly, who is married to a lobbyist for the agricultural commodities giant ADM, is a self-declared member, alo...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987284/zi...

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