It is very interesting that this report received no coverage in environmental or health news, although the new study done by University of Chicago, UCLA and Princeton is splattered all over them. Another difference is that Sue Mickley’s study states who funded the study upfront, while there is no mention of who funded the U of C, UCLA and Princeton Study. My question is: When are American universities going to understand that study funding IS a “material fact” and must be disclosed.
The rules on Wall Street about material facts and disclosure should apply to the business community, media, medical associations, trade organizations, academia, environmental groups, not for profits and governments including its agencies.
Frankly, I am comfortable with any of the above-mentioned organizations commissioning any study it deems important, but with full disclosure of all elements involved –financial, advisory capacity, research information and all other material facts– that went into that study. After all, these large entities are well financed through profits, donations, memberships, taxes and government budget. It is worth mentioning that none of these groups are infallible or incorruptible.