When Media, Science and Public Policy Collide: The Case of Food and Biotechnology

When Media, Science and Public Policy Collide: The Case of Food and Biotechnology

How science informs policy is a significant concern at a time when sensationalist headlines distort scientific principles, self-promoting scientists manipulate the media to further personal agendas, and interest groups on all sides of politically charged issues argue that their opponents' research is flawed or misleading. To take a closer look at how the media covers science, the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University convened members of the press, public interest groups, government regulatory agencies, academia, industry groups, and scientific institutions to discuss the controversial subject of genetically modified food. The resulting report, When Media, Science and Public Policy Collide: The Case of Food and Biotechnology (27 pages, PDF), summarizes how media coverage of such issues reflects and shapes public opinion and influences public policy on the issue.