I've bumped this before. I'm still alive and working on blogging, finishing off an installment about the Sugar Slammers.
I think this post is worth a read or re-read. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation funds several non-profits all engaging in targeting sugar as the ultimate cause of everything.
Such funds are obscured as donations to universities. Additionally other non-profits with clear agendas present themselves as taking no industry funding. It's a dense mess.
ORIGINAL CONTENT PUBLISHED MARCH 16, 2015
I'm working on another post regarding conflicts of interest and such, and this came up on the background gathering. A number of journals are adopting "noble" policies of no longer accepting industry funded studies.
Mind you, many of these same journals appear to have no qualms publishing the works of individuals with clear biases and conflicts.
I think this hard line on industry funding is wrong-headed. Not that I'm a huge fan of many industry funded studies per se, but please read on.
If "industry" is not funding, then who is? The government via NIH, NIDDK, etc.? Some states have research funding initiatives. Is any presumption of objectivity in funding disbursal even possible here?? I don't think so. Indeed in many areas of science, government funding carries with it as much baggage as a dollar from Big Food, Big Pharma and Big Agra combined.