Here’s some recent correspondence about ignorant remarks by Colm Feore on CBC ‘Q’ interviewing Adam Gopnik:
“We realize that there is still profound ignorance around FASD issues and there are many who refuse to acknowledge the scope of the problem. At FASworld we know we need to continue to alert the media and to make presentations at every opportunity. Unfortunately, we can’t do it all by ourselves. We must get in touch with our local media and with our local elected officials and keep telling our stories.”
On 2012-02-07, at 12:29 PM, suscath wrote:
“I am concerned about an interview I heard on the CBC today with the author Adam Gopnick of “Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food.” See the link below for an article in the NY times about him. I only heard part of the interview but he said that the idea that pregnant women should not drink wine, and they mentioned half a bottle, “Is all wrong.”
I realize there are different attitudes in the US and France but this was an interview on the CBC at around 10:30 am, so I think we should be concerned. The interviewer of which I did not get the name, did not disagree.
I have not been able to find the interview online. There is one with the same author in Nov. 2011 with a woman interviewer which I listened to and they do not say anything about pregnancy and alcohol. Today’s interview was with a male interviewer.
Anyway, I just thought I would point it out. I will continue to look online for the interview as they take a while to get listed, so it may show up at a later date. If anyone has any suggestions as to how we could react to this I would be interested.
“I was appalled to hear the ignorant comments from both Adam Gopnick and Colm Feore concerning pregnant women drinking alcohol. Health Canada states that Fetal Alcohol is the leading known cause of developmental disability in Canada. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) affects roughly 1 in 10, more people than Autism Spectrum Disorder. FASD is a life-long disability that should be a national public health, education, economic and social concern. It is not and public statements such as these on your show today – from two well educated, respected men – illustrate our society’s ignorance about FASD. Allowing such comments to pass as truth is irresponsible. It infuriates me as I struggle to parent 2 children who have been irrivocably and significantly affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. NO amount of alcohol is ever safe when a woman is, wants to be or might be pregnant.”
Laurie Whyte, Guelph
“The interview with Adam Gopnik can be heard on the ‘Q’ podcast for Feb. 7/12. I wrote to the producer:
An otherwise fascinating interview with the author of The Table Comes First was jarringly marred by Feore’s suggestion that French doctors recommend daily champagne for pregnant women and these mothers-to-be should not drink more than half a bottle of red at a time. Alcohol is a teratogen and is the cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FASD is the most common, most expensive yet most preventable of all mental disorders. There is no safe amount or safe time for alcohol in pregnancy.
I recommend that everyone who is concerned about this ignorant remark write to the program ‘Q’ on CBC Radio One with your thoughts.”
Chairman, FASworld Canada
On 2012-02-07, at 12:52 PM, SUSAN PARTRIDGE wrote:
“I think the interview with Adam Gopnick in which he says “It is all wrong” to say that pregnant women should not drink wine must have been on CBC’s Q with Jian Gomeshi but I haven’t been able to listen to it again.”