It is extremely disappointing that you choose to accept the claims of two highly political organizations over the conclusions of Nobel prize winning scientists and the larger scientific community that is responsible for the development of everything from life-saving treatments for cancer to the vaccines that have saved millions of people from death or permanent disability due to polio, smallpox, and many other diseases. It is so very, very wrong to suggest that the members of the NAS and NRC are industry puppets. Every one of those people gave up a decade of income to go through extensive schooling and training to get to the point where they could start their careers as independent scientists. They are still independent scientists because they have consistently made discoveries that other scientists could confirm, and from which other scientists could make additional discoveries. An independent scientist would rather quickly be out of a job if it was found that they were knowingly falsifying data. While many scientists have tenure at research universities, they cannot continue to do scientific work unless they can get research projects funded by organizations outside the University. In the U.S., most of that money comes from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense, with much smaller amounts coming from the Gates Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and even smaller amounts from a vast array of private foundations. Those institutions do not provide funding to anyone who has been found to have falsified or fabricated data, or made deliberately false statements. The scientists who are selected to sit on the NRC are among the best of the best, who have produced significant discoveries that have been confirmed time and again. Most of them are leaders in the scientific community, because of their dedication and commitment to the scientific process and their contributions to our knowledge about the world. Becoming an independent research scientist is one of the most difficult positions there is to obtain and hold. If the scientists on the NRC, or who are members of the NAS, were to behave the way that F&WW and the OCA claims they behave, they would all be completely disgraced by now, and their careers would be over. Instead, the work of the NRC has been endorsed by the world’s most elite and accomplished scientists - those who have been awarded Nobel prizes for the very significant contributions they have made - usually over and over again for decades - to scientific knowledge and ultimately to the betterment of society. These people have all made far more contributions to society and to improving life for all of us than most of us can ever hope to accomplish. The claims of F&WW and OCA that the NRC was influenced by corporate dollars is childish, ignorant, highly disrespectful, and disgusting.
Large corporations that make nearly everything that our modern lives depend on - plastics, steel, electronics, medicines, and yes, food, depend on the best available scientific information, to develop products that work. This is particularly true of pharmaceuticals, agriculture, chemicals, and transportation. A company cannot just somehow dream up a product and the demand that somehow scientific data be created that make the product valid. No way - nature is what nature is. Corporations, and the scientists and engineers in those companies, look to the discoveries by independent scientific research labs to get new ideas, it is not in the interest of corporations to interfere with independent science. Instead, corporations often contract with independent scientists to carry out work that the corporation wants done, but that it does not have the expertise to do. If a particular line of research and development turns up evidence that the idea may not work, it is abandoned. That happens constantly in pharmaceutical research and development hundreds or thousands of potential new medicines are scrapped because additional scientific research relative to product indicates that the proposed medicine will not perform acceptably in clinical practice.
That is why the allegations put forward by F&WW and OCA that corporations “own” scientists is so completely wrong and misleading - it is a complete reversal of how commercial progress and scientific progress is really made.
How any organization that has no involvement is any type of scientific research, and has no recognizable scientific staff, can claim to have knowledge about food safety and health that is not known to thousands of independent research scientists, including many Nobel prize winners, is beyond absurd. It is equivalent to a mother who has a very sick child, and instead of taking that child to the Mayo Clinic or M.D. Anderson, she claims that all doctors are frauds, and gives the child the latest over-the-counter “instant cure-all” hyped on TV, thus accepting commercial hype over scientifically proven medical treatment.
If you choose to live your life by following the profit-driven, politically charged claims of organizations like F&WW and OCA, while claiming that the judgement of the world’s best scientists is wrong, that is your business, but just remember that nearly everything in your life is the product of scientific research and discovery, and chances are pretty good that someday you or someone in your family will develop a potentially fatal disease - at which point you are going to want and need the products of all those scientists that F&WW are telling you are not to be trusted.