i mean, far be it from me to criticise another new zealand news service.
but what hell are scoop doing running the most laudatory, unquestioning report of what has quickly become one the most questioned dietary claims?
taking the scoop report at face value you would accept these sharply disputed findings as given.
but, that is a long way from the truth.
the scientist concerned has been questioned not only on the scientific validity of the results(?) of her tests; but also on the ethical quicksand of using starving/malnourished children, (for two years?), as guinea pigs.
(obviously such a miserable subsistance existance of living on just rice+grains is a long way from a considered vegan/vegetarian diet, but hey!).
oh, there are another aspect of this story scoop should possibly have noted.
namely that the scientist concerned has long and strong ties with the beef industry; and, oh that’s right, the american beef cattlebreeders assoc funded the study.
that these relevant facts weren’t reported, (despite now being widely available), and that the scoop report in the first paragraph claims, ( in the writers own words), the results are ‘..so clear as to be without ambiguity…”, and finishs with a quote from this scientist “..”it is quite evident, that it is not arguable to raise children strictly vegan” leads me to the inevitable conclusion this is an example of questionable/shoddy/lazy journalism at the very least; deliberate distortion of the facts to present/support an agenda at the worst.
a correction/retraction would/should be the least we could expect