Gooood morning! Today I have a Zero Waste Science Minute for you! 🌿 I’ve gotten a few questions lately on how to tell if a source of scientific info is credible or not, so I’m going to share how to find accurate and trustworthy resources online 🤓 Here’s what I want to find out: Does the cattle/dairy industry contribute to climate change as much as I’ve heard people say? Here are some questions to ask when finding sources:
1) Where was this article published? In a reputable newspaper, scientific journal or well-respected institution’s webpage? Or is it a blog or website of unknown origin, meaning it was not reviewed for publication and the author’s credibility is questionable? (if they are making scientific or health claims...Who are they? Who do they work for? Do they list credible sources? If you can’t find that info ➡️ HARD PASS AND STRANGER DANGER—for health issues always speak to a licensed health professional who knows your medical history, no exceptions 🙅🏻♀️ 2) Who is the author and do they cite where they got their information from? If it doesn’t say then HARD PASS.
3) Is the source recently published or is it old and outdated?
4) What’s the author’s purpose? Science is useful because it’s objective. If the author is presenting an opinion it needs to be based in objective science, otherwise HARD PASS.
5) Does the author have any conflicts of interest? Meaning, are they being paid by an organization to take a certain stance or have a personal conflict of interest? If so, HARD PASS.
6) Is the evidence presented anecdotal (meaning it’s based on someone’s experience outside of a research setting e.g. “hearsay”)? Anecdotes are the very weakest form of evidence and aren’t science. For science, health, and other topics that affect your safety, anecdotal evidence is a, you guessed it, HARD PASS.
7) If in doubt, find a scientist friend, teacher friend, or librarian friend and ask them for help figuring out if your source is credible👩🏻⚕️👩🏻🔬👩🏻🏫🤓
Check back tomorrow for what I found out about cattle, dairy, and climate change and what I’m doing about it 🐮🥛🍪 Sources: Purdue OWL, Columbia University 🇵🇪 versión español👇