Thursday, August 22, 2013

Why Do Some Disciplines, Like Genetics, Receive More Funding Than Others?

Campbell, in his new book, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition:
"The money flows to genetics and drug testing not because these are the most promising or cost-effective ways to improve overall human health, but because they are the most profitable ways to address our need for human health -- or, put another way, they are the best way to meet market demand.

Can you imagine the health gains in the U.S. population if the half-trillion dollars in annual Big Pharma revenue were allocated to educating the public about WFPB [whole food, plant-based] nutrition, and to making sure that fresh, organic, sustainably grown produce were available and affordable for all Americans?

We can hardly imagine such an initiative; it seems utterly impossible within the current system. But why? ... Because we know that health research and programs reflect the priorities of for-profit industries, not science in the public interest."
As I'm slowly discovering, the vitamin and supplement industries share the motives of the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries - profit, not health.

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