What is Peer Review:
Quote Wikipedia "Peer review is the evaluation of work (done by one or more people of similar competence) of the producers of the work (peers). It constitutes a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field. Peer review methods are employed to maintain standards of quality, improve performance, and provide credibility. In academia, peer review is often used to determine an academic paper's suitability for publication. Peer review can be categorized by the type of activity and by the field or profession in which the activity occurs, e.g., medical peer review."
Can We Trust Government Funded Peer Reviews?
In New Zealand our Department of Conservation claims to conduct independent research and peer reviews of the effects of pesticides and in particular the effects of 1080 on non target species.
Where it is visually apparent to people who live in areas frequently hit by 1080 drops, the bird life has suffered to the extent the Department of Conservation has even admitted there is approximately only 10% of the bird population in certain areas as compared to a decade ago, yet they will not admit to 1080 doing the damage, still blaming predators.
Unless the Department of Conservation is spending so much time poisoning, that it is overlooking a natural problem such as a virus, the only logical conclusion is the hand picking of scientific peer reports to fit with their claims.
There are many reports and complaints from frustrated scientists, who are feeling threatened, virtually gagged and bullied by the system they work for, both here in New Zealand and abroad.
Are the financial investments of the pro poisoning sector so great that our entire ecosystem needs to suffer so cruelly?
Still Trust the Science?
Forty percent of scientists answering a survey say they have felt gagged - Radio NZ Morning Report
More scientists complain of gagging - Radio NZ Peter Fowler June 2015
Fears proposed code could gag science. Some scientists fear a proposed code governing what they can speak out about is actually an attempt to gag them. Radio NZ October 2014
This Scientist Uncovered Problems With Pesticides. Then the Government Started to Make His Life Miserable. Read Article
When scientists don't speak out – gag orders and funding fears revealed - By Peter Griffin - Sciblogs
Study Finds Nearly All Scientific Papers Controlled By Six Corporations - A report by John Vibes for True Activist
Triumph of “Digital Toxicology”: Why the US won’t Regulate Deadly Chemicals By Valerie Brown and Elizabeth Grossman Global Research, November 30, 2015The Ecologist 27 November 2015
"When science goes silent" With the muzzling of scientists, Harper’s obsession with controlling the message verges on the Orwellian
Scientists need to hold policy-makers to account By Shaun Hendy
- More thoughts on muzzling Scientists
- Scientist Who Discovered GMOs Cause Tumors in Rats Wins Landmark Defamation Lawsuit in Paris -Read Here >