The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH or The Council) is a national education organization based in New York City. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
The Council was founded in 1978 by a group of scientists with a singular focus: to publicly support evidence-based science and medicine. Then, as now, too much of what passes as “news” is little more than hype based on exaggerated evidence. Activist groups have targeted GMOs, vaccines, conventional agriculture, nuclear power, natural gas, and “chemicals,” while peddling health scares and fad diets. Worse, they have attacked the credibility of academic and private sector scientists, undermining the integrity of the scientific enterprise.
It is time to fight back. The Council’s primary aim is to inform the public and policymakers of good science while debunking the junk. We will serve as trusted guides in a media landscape that too often provides confusing and contradictory information.
The Council has a long and successful track record. We have long warned the public of the dangers of smoking, and we were the driving force behind seatbelt laws that save children. When NRDC manufactured the “alar on apples” scare, we showed it to be exaggerated hype. Our warnings about “chemophobia” were portrayed in the ground-breaking documentary Big Fears, Little Risks, narrated by Walter Cronkite. And our science publications have informed key policymakers for decades.
We employ a full-time staff of writers and analysts. Importantly, the nucleus of ACSH is a board of 350 physicians, scientists, and policy advisors — experts in a wide variety of fields — who review the Council’s reports and participate in Council seminars, media communications, and other educational activities.
The Council accomplishes its goals by producing a wide range of publications, including peer-reviewed reports on health and environmental topics; online news articles; and a daily Dispatch newsletter, which provides commentary on and analysis of breaking health and science news.
The Council is continually active in the public sphere. Council representatives publish in highly regarded media outlets, such as USA Today and The Wall Street Journal; appear regularly on television and radio; advise policymakers in legislative and regulatory hearings; and engage in public debates. Additionally, The Council hosts press conferences and provides an in-house internship program for students in the health sciences.
What People Say About Us
“ACSH knows the difference between a health scare and a health threat.”
– The Wall Street Journal
“By increasing our understanding of complex issues, you help Americans make sound decisions about their well-being and influence public policy.”
– President George W. Bush
“Putting health risks in proper perspective – and educating journalists, legislators, and others about them – is what the American Council on Science and Health is all about”
– Steve Forbes
“ACSH fights the worry. With the help of ACSH, we don’t have to worry about political threats to our health”
– P.J. O’Rourke
Why donate to ACSH?
We cannot accomplish our critical work without your financial support. If you believe that evidence-based science and medicine, sensible health advice, technological progress, and consumer freedom need protection from the nonstop assault of unscientific activist groups, then please consider donating to us.
Your tax-deductible gift would go to work instantly in promoting a pro-science, pro-technology, and pro-free market approach to some of the most important issues facing our society. Together, we can make our world a better place.
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