The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has released a new paper, 'The Importance of Communicating Empirically Based Science for Society'. The commentary paper is now available to download for free on CAST’s website.
The paper discusses the crucial factors of what is defined as empirically based science (rigorous, proven methodologies, and peer-reviewed results), emphasising that whether science is conducted by a private company, a university, or a government department or agency, it is all the same, requiring that sound methodologies be followed. Scientific research protocols and methodologies have been developed, reviewed, and refined through the application of each scientific method and the peer review of experimental protocols and results, creating global standards on research methods. Empirical science is empirical science—it is not an ice cream flavor, and one cannot pick and choose which aspect of the scientific method to support and which to reject. The application of empirical science is consistent, whether applied to climate change, vaccines, or GM crops and foods. Scientists have an important responsibility to design and execute experiments that are unbiased and directly answer a specific question.
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