Group Questions USDA Science
Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Thu Mar 26, 2015 01:21 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- USDA needs to strengthen its internal rules to better protect the department's scientists from outside political and industry pressures over their research, a group alleges in a petition to the department being filed on Thursday.

The group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, charges that USDA scientists "routinely suffer retaliation and harassment" from managers and private industry for research that conflicts with agribusinesses.

"It's one of the worst agencies in terms of direct industry influence in how scientists are handled," said Jeff Ruch, executive director of PEER, in describing USDA's protection of scientists. "There's not much of a ...

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