‘They would say that, wouldn’t they?’ How often have you heard that accusation following an industry-funded report into food and health issues? The implication being that a food manufacturer or body has somehow ‘bought’ a favourable finding from the scientific community.
It is true that if industry didn’t fund scientists working in universities and research institutes, considerably less research would take place. Consequently, important innovations and discoveries in diet and health would rapidly decline.
So let’s give our scientists some credit – no responsible researcher would pander to a desired outcome for a funder. Research work and findings have to stand up to the exacting evaluation of the scientific community once they are published in authoritative peer reviewed journals. Only when such research has passed such scrutiny can it be considered reliable and and credible. No matter who is paying for it.