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Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2011, Independent Science News, is a website providing news and critical comment on topics where food, agriculture, and biotechnology impact human health and the environment. Independent Science News is a part of The Bioscience Resource Project, which is a public interest organization that describes itself as providing independent research and analysis in the agriculture-related biosciences since 2006. The Bioscience resource project was founded by Drs. Allison Wilson and Jonathan Latham who claim to help remedy a perceived deficit of independent scientific analysis of genetic engineering and its risks. The Bioscience Resource Project (BRP) has been called a progressive front group posing as an independent outlet for the analysis of genetic engineering research.
Funded by / Ownership
Independent Science News is owned and operated by Bioscience Resource Project, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Independent Science News is a food, agriculture and biotechnology science website that does not support the consensus of science on GMO’s. In fact, recently they published a misleading article regarding the nutritional value of Golden Rice. The article claims “GMO Golden Rice Offers No Nutritional Benefits Says FDA.” While that may be true based on the amount of rice Americans consume, it is not accurate for developing nations where rice is a staple food. The FDA responded to this misleading claim, when Marriana Naum wrote the following statement: “It is unfortunate that the statement you reference in our letter responding to BNF 158 has been misconstrued to suggest that there would be no value of the pro-vitamin A in golden rice for its use in the countries where it is intended for distribution.”
Independent Science News also has a news feed that delivers science news from a wide variety of sources. Most of the information comes from credible sources, however some do not. For example, they use known pseudoscience websites such as Sustainable Pulse and gmfreeze.org to name a few.
Overall, we rate Independent Science News a moderate Pseudoscience source as they publish occasional scientific misinformation. (D. Van Zandt 8/27/2018)
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