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Unfortunately for all of us, fear mongering is a common sport in the US. Media, advertizers, and promoters spread the idea about some minor hazard. They then exaggerate it, and try to stampede innocent citizens into spending extra money on goods and services that are of dubious extra value.

This works mostly because the public does not know much science and are easily duped.

Should the public be protected from the fear mongers? Or should fear mongering be facilitated?

By modern definitions, the opposite of "organic" is IPM, which stands for integrated pest management. If it is labeled organic, it does cost more. Is it really organic? I'd wash it anyway.
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