This is an excellent and thought provoking article by Anne Glover and Jan Marco Müller, published in the FT. It’s a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ, in my view. Check it out!
Whilst, I understand the thrust of the arguments made, surely the reality is that these same large companies are avoiding paying taxes on a massive scale and are prepared to lobby actively for their pet causes. These businesses have typically sat on cash mountains since 2008, failed to invest effectively and create new jobs; meanwhile, they have been first to move jobs offshore. So why should we trust their scientists – surely, they’re flawed because of their bias?
Also there are huge moral questions over many sectors like the food industry and the damage that is being done to healthcare, especially of vulnerable young people, with aggressive marketing of junk-food?
Would you trust a research scientist working for the food industry?
Surely, we need to promote evidenced-based policy, not the flavor of the month for political or business leaders?