Grant Jacobs on the Greens pesticide policy

is a senior computational biologist at Otago University. He has a PhD in computational biology from Cambridge University (1992) and has also done post-doctoral work in areas ranging from the role of water molecules and genomics.

Dr Jacobs looks at the newly released Green Party policy on and points out the numerous ways it is not evidence-based policy.

In summary the failings are:

  • The report commissioned was seeking only information to back up Steffan Browning’s position against glyphosate based herbicides
  • The consultant is not a toxicologist
  • The evidence is not related to the question at hand
  • No sifting for quality
  • Not quoting sources of science summaries
  • No use of existing reviews

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