Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's a Family Thing

It looks like corporate pimping is a family thing for Penny Kris-Etherton. Earlier today I discussed her work on behalf of Hershey chocolate. It turns out that she's married to Terry Etherton, a Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition and Head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science at Penn State. While Penny pimps chocolate after taking research funding from Hershey, Terry pimps r-BST, an artificial growth hormone given to dairy cows to increase their milk output, after having taken research funding and travel money from the growth hormone's proveyer Monsanto.

There are people that are concerned about the potential health risks that r-BST has on humans. I've looked at the evedence for those risks and found it lacking. On the other hand, I've also found some of Etherton's argument in favor of r-BST to be a little too slick. My point here isn't whether r-BST is safe or not. My point is that his neutrality is put into doubt by his acceptence of money from Monsanto.

Scientists, who should be neutral abitrators of the truth, are compromised by corporate research money. This is a sad consequence of the new primacy of economic development over the prusuit of knowledge which has taken hold at Penn State and other universities around the country.

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