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    Default Scientist Quits USDA, Says Trump Admin Buries Study Linking Climate and Nutrition

    I realize that this article breaks one of HH's rules about posting politics, but sometimes — as in this case — the two cannot be untangled.

    Jessica Corbett
    Aug. 06, 2019

    The exodus of federal scientists in the era of President Donald Trump continued Friday as 62-year-old plant physiologist Lewis Ziska left the U.S. Department of Agriculture "over the Trump administration's efforts to bury his groundbreaking study about how rice loses nutrients due to rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere," POLITICO reported Monday.

    Ziska — who worked at USDA under five presidents, both Republicans and Democrats — charged in an interview with POLITICO that he left the department's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) because the USDA tried to block the public dissemination of his research on how the human-caused climate crisis's impact on rice could threaten the nutrition of 600 million people. The study, POLITICO reported, was internally cleared at the department and peer reviewed prior to its publication in the journal Science Advances last year.

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    Default Re: Scientist Quits USDA, Says Trump Admin Buries Study Linking Climate and Nutrition

    It is quite the dilemma. Don't know why the Administration tried to bury info. on the declining nutrient value of rice. USDA's own data has shown the amounts of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin and vitamin C in conventionally grown fruts & veggies have declined "significantly" over the last 50 years. In addition, Donald Davis, a biochemist at the University of Texas, and many others have documented the decline in conventionally grown foods. No secrets here???

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