Commentary- Skepticism and science: responsibilities of the comparative nutritionist

Citation

Uiirey DE. 1996. Commentary- Skepticism and science: responsibilities of the comparative nutritionist. Zoo Biology 15:449 – 453

Abstract

Comparative nutritionists are asked to formulate diets for over 3,000 species of animals,including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Little research has been conducted to provide an information base for this task, and both popular and scientific publications contain factual errors and irrational concepts that confuse the user. When data are suspect and theories do not make sense, they should be viewed skeptically. Untruths should not be perpetuated by uncritical repetition, and unsubstantiated information should be replaced as promptly as possible through controlled scientific study. Progress in this field can best be made through the cooperative efforts of qualified individuals. The ultimate personal reward should be the health and welfare of the animals we propose to feed.

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