Center for Science in the Public Interest: Criticism & Defense of the CSPI.

The Problem

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has a long history of ignoring or distorting scientific evidence. It does this when the evidence is inconsistent with its agenda.

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Michael Jacobson, co-founder, CSPI.

Read about some of CSPI’s misuse of scientific findings. Visit The Center for Science in the Public Interest: Not Scientific and Not in the Public Interest.

A Defense

Nevertheless, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has its supporters and defenders.

A person named Martin at New York University sent the following email. Its subject line was “Who Funds You?” He mailed it without any salutation or signature.

I read your diatribe against CSPI and while you can fool the lay public, you cannot fool the scientific community.  What you say reveals that you are either very ignorant of what the function of this organization is and/or you are on the payroll of the food industry.  It is just downright silly to accuse CSPI for not using the scientific method when that is clearly not its purpose.  It’s purpose is to use the results of studies which indeed use the scientific method to make the case that there are many unhealthy practices in the marketplace that must be addressed and eliminated.

Martin’s reading of the page was obviously superficial. Clearly posted on the page is the following prominent notice.

                       ABOUT THE AUTHOR

This is the personal web site of Dr. David J. Hanson, who has received no financial support or other consideration from any agency, company, organization, group or person to post or maintain it.

A Reply

In spite of his careless reading and somewhat rude note, I sent this explanation.

Dear Martin,

See Also

Center for Science in the Public Interest on Drinking and on Smoking. Money seems to influence what products the group attacks.

“Three Budweisers equal a Quarter Pounder.” Not true.

Clearly False Facts. The title is self-descriptive.

Alcopops and Weight. Very, very deceptive.

Alcohol Ads Target Youth?   Still more “mis-truth.”

Thank you for your interest in my page on the CSPI. I receive no support or benefit from anyone or any group for my website. Therefore, I’m completely free to follow the truth wherever it leads.

The name of the Center for Science in the Public Interest is misleading. It implies that CSPI is scientific or bases it recommendations on scientific evidence.

More important is the fact that CSPI repeatedly either ignores or misuses scientific evidence. It is not alone in such behaviors. Groups promoting biodynamic agriculture, homeopathy, and other practices not supported by scientific evidence often distort the evidence. The same is true of many who oppose irradiation of foods, GMO foods, inoculations, fluoridation, etc.

           Purpose

You note that the purpose of the CSPI is “to use the results of studies which indeed use the scientific method to make the case that there are many unhealthy practices in the marketplace that must be addressed and eliminated.”

Any organization that really wants to promote more healthful eating habits should first look objectively at the scientific evidence. It then bases its recommendations on that evidence.

Unfortunately, CSPI reverses the process. It Center for Science in the Public Interestopposes certain foods as undesirable for its own reasons. Then it cherry-picks the “evidence” to support its preconceived agenda.

The CSPI lacks credibility among those who take the time to look carefully at its long history of deception. This includes both scientists and the public.

I’ve blown the whistle on the Center  for Science in the Public Interest. But I also alert people to the unscientific and unproven nature of other practices. This includes herbal, holistic, naturopathic, homeopathic, and orthomolecular medicine for treating alcoholism. And also hypnotherapy, meditation, and spiritual help for the same problem.

Doing these things is an important public service.

Best regards,

David

Center for Science in the Public Interest

 

Let’s hope that Martin is a freshman rather than an advanced student or even a member of the faculty!

 

 

More about the Center for Science in the Public Interest

They See Red – I See CSPI Misdirection.

CSPI: Perception Vs. Scientific Credentials.

How CSPI Undermines Science, Nutrition, And U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

CSPI Call For Caramel Color Ban Is Artificially Flavored With Misrepresented Science.

Deceptive Practices Undermine Credibility of Consumer Group.

Media Eat Up Food Police Messages And Ignore Group’s Extremism.