Fear of Chemicals in Europe and Elsewhere

Canada Free Press: We are routinely warned by earnest websites, advertisements, and well-meaning popular articles about ‘nasty’ chemicals lurking in our homes and kitchens. Many tout the benefits of switching to a ‘chemical-free lifestyle.’ 1

Along this line a recent study reveals that nearly 40% of Europeans want to ‘live in a world where chemical substances don’t exist.’ Another 82% didn’t know that table salt is table salt, whether it is extracted from the ocean or made synthetically. 2

Such scientific ignorance is common in the US as well, and can have a harmful influence on government policy. 3

However, there is no way to get away from chemicals since everything we eat is made of chemicals. There simply is no such thing as a ‘chemical-free lifestyle

A report in the journal Nature Chemistry covered a survey conducted to gauge Europeans’ attitudes toward chemicals. Researchers had about 700 respondents from each of eight countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, for a total of 5,631 participants. 4

The first series of questions was designed to measure chemophobia, the irrational fear of chemicals. Results revealed that 30% of Europeans reported being ‘scared’ of chemicals, and about 40% try to ‘avoid contact with chemical substances’  and want to ‘live in a world where chemical substances don’t exist.’ Obviously this is impossible. Everything- the water, food, your smartphone- is a chemical or a combination of chemicals. read more

21 Comments on Fear of Chemicals in Europe and Elsewhere

  1. Lets drop all the environuts off in the jungle somewhere with a grass skirt and coconut bra. We’ll see how much they miss chemicals and fossil fuels.

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  2. you never know when and where it’s going to show up. And it shape shifts. Earlier, I found it in a soup bowl. I eat from that!!!

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  3. MJA It fell from the sky in crystaline form on my house and yard two nights ago,crazy neighbour shoveled it into piles!

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  4. huron, was your neighbor wearing a hazmat suit? If not, you never know what those crystalline entities will do to you!

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  5. Wait until they find out that 78% of the air they breath is Nitrogen.

    Horrifically, N is inert.

    We MUST do something to neutralize nitrogen’s inert nature before something happens and the planet’s surface burns up.

    HOW DARE US!

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  6. Penn & Teller, for their television show Bullshit!, sent a ringer to an environmental rally to obtain signatures on a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide. The petition gatherer told nothing untrue, and obtained an astounding number of signatures. The clip is somewhere on YouTube.

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  7. One hundred percent of people that are exposed to solutions of sodium chloride or sucrose in a dihydrogen monoxide suspension WILL DIE. That’s science. Only Bernie can save us. Won’t someone think of the children!

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  8. Their buzzword “chemicals” and “natural” really boil down to this idea that anything man-made is inferior to anything produced by Mother Gaia. It’s misanthropy, especially the “man” part.

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