Sense About Science’s mission is to advocate for the public interest in sound science and evidence as the basis for informed decisionmaking and political engagement. “The challenge,” Butterworth says, “is that science is not always sound and that evidence is often missing — or misinterpreted or manipulated. The opportunities for making poor policy decisions — or cherrypicking the data to fit a belief or policy objective — are enormous.” As a result, discussions on everything from GMOs to medicines to recreational drugs to the environment, and to nutrition have become more and more politicized and less and less insightful.
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