Re GMO or vaccines, I don’t think most people are anti-science.

What they are is anti-science establishment; they have lost trust in a science establishment that has allowed itself to be swayed by moneyed interests.

Consider today’s news on the sugar industry:

sugar_2xmacro…five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.

“They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the JAMA paper.

There is just as much money swirling around pharma and around agriculture, you can bet that the science storyline has been distorted by this money. And that is what people are really saying when it comes to GMO or vaccines — they want to believe the science, but they can no longer trust the science establishment to tell an unbiased story. And science with a pre-determined agenda is no longer science.

We need a re-opening of science. We need far more transparency about funding. We need more funding independent of commercial interests. We need more open results — this EU proposal seems like a good thing. Above all, we need the science community to recognize the problem it has created, the loss of faith it has created through its own actions, and to take charge of healing itself.

2 thoughts to “Re GMO or vaccines, I don’t think most people are anti-science.”

  1. If people are not anti-science, then why are they replacing the “science establishment” with a lot of wholly unsubstantiated crap, much of it well-debunked and just ridiculous on the face of it, and virtually all of it being pushed by equally nefarious commercial interests that have even less oversight and transparency? I think you are far too kind to American culture, which has open contempt for education, expertise, the scientific method, and even logical reasoning.

  2. Well I am an American and of the American culture, and I don’t really see contempt for education, the scientific method, or logical reasoning. I just see people who no longer know who to trust — when the established science community is allowing itself to be swayed by money as in the sugar industry case above, who exactly are we supposed to trust?

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