Dr. Oz is in Big Trouble

The NY Times reports in today’s Business section that Dr. Oz is receiving rather frank criticism by ten physicians from Columbia University, the institution with which he is affiliated, for (among other things) his, “baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops.”

This isn’t Dr. Oz’s first time facing criticism.

The article goes on to note that: “And in December, BMJ, the British medical journal, released a report that said about half of the claims made by Dr. Oz’s show were not supported by evidence.”

I suppose that entertainment has a value and I really like Dr. Oz’s name since it reminds me of the wizard.

But I think the Columbia doctors may have a point, too.

Meanwhile, back here on planet Earth, science and food have always had a marriage both conflictual and splendid.  From systems that make reliable use of methods to increase yield to poisonous pesticides, there is never one path.



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