Unbiased Science Podcast

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Unbiased Science Podcast is a project by Vital Statistics Consulting and Unbiased Science Institute founded in 2020 by immunologist Andrea Love and public health scientist Jessica Steier. The goal of the podcast is described as being "...to dispel misinformation and misconceptions across an array of science and public health topics (e.g., vaccines, GMOs, fad diets, supplements)." The Podcast also shares infographics on Instagram and Facebook about numerous scientific topics including Covid-19, vaccines, medicine, GMO technology, pesticides, agriculture, and nutrition. [1]

The Unbiased Science Podcast has shared advertising content from paid partnerships with 3M and Proctor & Gamble. The Podcast has received criticism for it, and addressed it in a public post. "At least a dozen times a day, we are told that we should rename our page, "Biased Science" by folks who feel we are only telling "one side of the story."...There will always be total transparency. If we are receiving money for the creation of content, we will label our posts accordingly."[2] The Federal Trade Commission writes of compliance with advertising, "If you endorse a product through social media, your endorsement message should make it obvious when you have a relationship (“material connection”) with the brand. A “material connection” to the brand includes a personal, family, or employment relationship or a financial relationship – such as the brand paying you or giving you free or discounted products or services."[3]

The Podcast has described the herbicide glyphosate as "safe for use," declared the polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE in Teflon to be "non-toxic to humans" called the Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen list of produce with the most and least pesticide residues "a fear-based marketing ploy" and claim GMOs are "safe" "nutritious" and "beneficial to consumers, producers and the environment." [4]


References

  1. About - The Unbiased Science Podcast, Website, https://www.unbiasedscipod.com/about
  2. The Unbiased Science Podcast, Instagram, A Note On Paid Partnerships..., June 29th, 2022 https://www.instagram.com/p/CfaGq9Jp1Kn/
  3. Federal Trade Commission, FTC Website, Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers, November, 2019 https://www.ftc.gov/business-guidance/resources/disclosures-101-social-media-influencers
  4. The Unbiased Science Podcast, Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/unbiasedscipod/