RE: Glyphosate safety-an oxymoron
Douglas B. Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri, 21 Aug 1998 09:02:29 -0600
>> I am more inclined to trust polemic publications...
>> because I can trust that their funds do not come from
>> pesticide companies, which is more than we can say for
>> most University pesticide
>This is personally offensive to me as a former University researcher.
>To tell you the truth, it never occurred to me to fake, or shade the
>meaning of any of my results, regardless how I got the money. The
>glyphosate findings we have been talking about are mostly simple
>technical matters, not nuanced interpretation. In effect, you are
>accusing dozens of people of fraud.
>> Have you ever wondered about the selection process for the
>> "peers" in a peer-reviewed journal? Team players play this
>> game, not iconoclasts...
>> ....jury-rigged peer-reviewed journals.
>As an ad-hoc reviewer and former Associate editor, I don't need to
>wonder about this. The truth is we covet keen-minded iconoclasts.
>University researchers are notoriously bad team-players, although they
>often don't take the time to decently review a manuscript.
>> Which leads me to another interesting observation. If the
>> Journal of Pesticide Reform published untruths, surely the
>> pesticide manufacturers would have litigated them...
>What findings are you speaking of? Let's talk about them. If they are
>as speculative and idle as the musings in your post, they are not worth
>Monsantos time and effort.
I intend no personal offense. I am comforted to know that it never occurred
to you to compromise research integrity. I never thought otherwise of you.
My experience as a former University researcher was different than yours,
and perhaps I have seen things that you have not. I appreciate your
inclination to defend University researchers as a class.
I am not accusing dozens of people of fraud, but am alluding to known acts
of less than full disclosure which constitute a misrepresentation. Whether
anyone has committed fraud or not, I do not know. I'm not a lawyer, just
someone that appreciates integrity.
As for findings, I am not privy to any of Monsanto's concerns about JPR's
Douglas B. Johnson
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