US academics feel the invisible hand of politicians and big agriculture

Environment The Guardian

As universities rely more on industry for funds, researchers taking a stand on health or environment say they’re sidelined In a windowless conference room epidemiologist Steve Wing was frantically blacking out chunks of his own research. Wing had been working on a study looking into the impacts of industrial-scale hog operations on health for the University of North Carolina. But the state’s Pork Council had caught wind of the research, and filed a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) to gain access to his findings. “They went after Steve, asking him to turn over any documentation. They …

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