It is my belief that the bias discussed in this article (see below) affects the overall credibility of science to the general public. this has consequences for such things as the acceptance of the findings of climate science.
A Scary Amount of Nutrition Science Has Deep Ties to The Food Industry, Study Reveals
(Science Alert) The food industry has their fingers all over our nutrition research. According to a new analysis, one out of every eight leading, peer-reviewed studies on nutrition is tied to business.
Even worse, this conflict of interest, although acknowledged explicitly within the scientific journals, tends to produce results that favour business, and potentially with misleading consequences.
"This study found that the food industry is commonly involved in published research from leading nutrition journals," researchers write.
"Where the food industry is involved, research findings are nearly six times more likely to be favourable to their interests than when there is no food industry involvement."
As far as the authors know, this is the first systematic review on the extent and nature of food industry involvement in peer-reviewed research. Similar studies focusing on industry involvement have produced mixed results, but far more research is needed.