Scientific consensus as a foundation for Extension programming

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Given the commitment of Cooperative Extension to science-based programming, it is important to be able to ascertain whether, and to what degree, consensus exists among expert scientists on issues relating Extension programming. This Commentary provides insights into what scientific consensus means, how it develops, and how to recognize when it exists. An example-anthropogenic climate change-is presented. However, the importance of distinguishing scientific consensus from conjecture cuts across many areas of Extension programming agriculture and natural resources, including GMOs, pesticides, environmental protection, and others.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1COM2
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015

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