A recent article in a major newspaper reveals the disturbing and dark side of science. The Times of London is reporting a group of scientists had decided that pesticides were the reason for the declining honey bee populations and with this bias firmly in place set out to find evidence and write reports that fit their beliefs.
And here we thought it was the facts that determined the science, not scientists pre-determining the facts. Silly us.
The Times received notes of four high-ranking scientists from a meeting in 2010 where the group allegedly discussed how they could convince European Union (EU) regulators to ban “neonicotinoid pesticides.” They even outlined who would write the articles and how they could co-ordinate their efforts for greatest effect. They also discussed the increased impact of convincing a major scientific journal to publish these articles.
Their successful strategy resulted in the European Union temporarily banning the use of these pesticides despite protests from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs there was no evidence to support this belief.
The Times article entitled: Scientists accused of plotting to get pesticides banned can be read in full here.
It makes one wonder if scientists do similar things in other areas? Read: It’s so annoying when the facts don’t line up with your theories; Extraordinary dinosaur find challenges evolution; ‘The Times’ accuses man-made global-warming camp of a cover-up