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Science Policy Around the Web – September 19, 2012

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By: Rebecca Cerio

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

Lots of Chatter, Anger Over Stanford Organic Food Study – A recent study by Stanford researchers that showed that organically-raised foods were no healthier than conventionally-raised foods has been causing quite a stir in some circles…including a petition on Change.org for the researchers to retract their study.  Rosie Mestel breaks down some of the kerfluffle and serves up a side of reason on the LA Times website (hat-tip to the Knight Science Journalism Tracker.)

Sequestration Threatens Science – The looming threat of automatic budget cuts if the US Congress doesn’t approve a way to reduce the national deficit by $1.2 trillion by early January 2013 is starting to make scientists nervous.  Bob Grant at The Scientist reviews the numbers and suggests that the very threat of such massive cutbacks has already affected the science ecosystem.

New Report Aims to Improve the Science Behind Regulatory Decision-making – Nearly everyone agrees that experts should be consulted when science-based policy needs to be made.  But which experts are chosen and how they deliberate and render their advice has led to  controversy in some fields when experts’ conflicts of interest are brought to light  (DSM-V, anyone?)  The Research Integrity Roundtable (convened by the independent non-profit Keystone Center), has put together a report listing recommendations and protocols for regulatory decision-making that calls for greater transparency to head off such controversies and increase the scientific rigor of advisory panel decisions.

Have an interesting science policy link?  Share it in the comments!

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September 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

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