The Death of the Expert

Most days, I google a lot looking for news on issues as wide as traceability to biomass. Unfortunately, much of the time what I find actually is ‘false news’ and utter dross. Opinions of people who plainly know not a thing about the commodities business delivered as fact. No discussion, no contrary opinions, no sources. Journalism has truly gone to the dogs and to those with a political axe to grind. We live in an era where anyone with any kind of opinion and few brain cells is able to utter their version of the truth moronically across all manner of social media and beyond. Frankly, I’m sick of it already. Increasingly over the last few years, I have noticed that ‘expert’ is becoming a term of derision. Qualifications, it seems, count for little. Experience? not at all. On the other hand, perhaps there is a reason for this. The word ‘expert’, or its surrogate ‘scientists’, have been quoted over the course of my lifetime routinely to tell us things like, A new ice age is coming/ooops, we meant the ice caps are melting Butter is bad for you/Butter is good for you Margarine is good for you/Margarine is bad for

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