“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, ” Louis Pasteur wrote in 1876. Today it would be more accurate to say that science belongs to the corporations and investors that have the money, power, and savvy to secure patents and bring new developments to global markets, a change that threatens human and planetary health. Nicholas Freudenberg writes in STAT that the pandemic and the cascade of other global public health crises, including the climate emergency, increasing deaths of despair, and the growing burdens of chronic diseases and mental health problems demand a new accounting of the costs of the corporate control of science and technology in the 21st century.
And an upcoming event…. Nicholas Freudenberg discusses Modern capitalism and the future of health: assessing the costs and charting alternatives, Tuesday April 20, 12:30- 1:30 pm , Australian Eastern Standard Time, Australia National University, register here