New Site Pushes Peer-Reviewed Science Over Misinformation

AcademicsReview.org exposes falsehoods in Smith’s book ‘Genetic Roulette’ while inviting others to join the cause for good science

Contacts:
Prof. Bruce Chassy
University of Illinois
chassy.ar@gmail.com
217-766-2750

Dr. David Tribe
University of Melbourne (Australia)
dtribe.ar@gmail.com

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, and MELBOURNE, Australia – Two food science and biology academics are launching a new Web site, Academics Review, to examine claims against GM foods by Jeffrey Smith.

Founders Bruce Chassy, Ph.D, professor of food microbiology and nutritional sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Dr. David Tribe, Ph. D., senior lecturer in food science, food safety, biotechnology and microbiology at the University of Melbourne, Australia, authored a point-by-point scientific analysis of Smith’s claims, which is posted on the site.

“Reliable information is extremely important to enable people to make healthy choices,” said Tribe. “We hope Academics Review will be a resource for anyone who respects the open-minded search for truth that is the basis for scientific thinking.”

Chassy and Tribe point out anyone searching the Internet for information to help them decide on the safety of GM foods would likely find a lot by Jeffrey Smith, who, like many people pushing advice online, isn’t an expert on the issue.

“Much of the ‘evidence’ Smith cites for his theories about GM foods has never been peer-reviewed or examined by the international community of scientists for verification,” said Chassy.

Chassy and Tribe applied the same scientific method they teach their students to Smith’s claims, posting the blistering results of their review of Genetic Roulette in clear, understandable language. The site can be accessed for free by anyone seeking to base their decisions on the best information available.

“When Wendell Phillips in 1852 said ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,’ he may as well have been referring to Jeffrey Smith,” said Chassy. “We all have to be vigilant about what to believe, especially when it comes to our health.”

Researchers, teachers, and other credentialed professionals in a range of scientific fields are welcome to apply to join Academics Review as participating members, and are invited to visit the Web site for more information. “Over time, additional content will be added to the site to help people access sound science about a variety of issues that affect their lives,” Chassy and Tribe said

About Academics Review

Academics Review is an association of academic professors, researchers, teachers and credentialed authors who are committed to the unsurpassed value of the peer review in establishing sound science. They stand against falsehoods, half-baked assertions and theories or claims not subjected to this kind of rigorous review. Researchers, teachers, and other credentialed professionals in a range of scientific fields are welcome to apply to join Academics Review as participating members. More information available at:

academicsreview.org/
www.facebook.com/pages/Academics-Review/315320749443
twitter.com/academicsreview
www.flickr.com/photos/academicsreview/

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  1. I am glad to see your initiative, and I will most probably often come by for “inspiration”. Your goal is a loadable one, and we need you. Science and progress cannot be allowed to be destroyed by dreamy alternologists.

  2. Oops. It seems that some gremlins are crawling around in my keyboard. I obviously meant:

    I am glad to see your initiative, and I will most probably come by often for “inspiration”. Your goal is a laudable one, and we need you. Science and progress cannot be allowed to be destroyed by dreamy alternologists.

  3. Monica Stein says:

    Thank you for developing such an excellent resource. Scientists in developing countries, such as myself, are in need of unbiased analysis of peer reviewed scientific results, since most of the time we don’t have access to published papers. In contrast, we do have access to misinformation on the web that many times prevents our countries form making informed choices about how to better produce local solutions to local problems.

    Monica Stein, Ph.D
    Center for Biotechnology Studies
    Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
    Guatemala

  4. Excelent idea and initiative. There´s a scary number of misleading information being divulgated that hampers wise decisions and development. It´s extremely important to review and provide correct/unbiased facts. Congratulations.

    Lúcia de Souza, Ph.D.
    ANBio – Brazilian Biosafety Association (Associação Nacional de Biossegurança)

  5. Catherine O says:

    Great to see FACT fighting FICTION. Yes, there is a huge amount of misinformation out there on a wide variety of topics. Unfortunately, the general public is relatively unsophisticated in understanding many scientific issues so they are easily taken in by the scary stories put about by the likes of Smith. Hopefully, websites such as this will give people the alternative, and more scientifically grounded view, on these issues.

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