‘Cow dung reduces radiation’: In open letter, 400 scientists seek evidence

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published Published on Oct 16, 2020   modified Modified on Oct 17, 2020

-The Indian Express

"Further, as the Aayog is a public-funded body, if these claims were made without scientific backing... can be construed as misutilisation of public money, particularly in a time when every sector of the country is struggling for funding," it added.

Mumbai: Over 400 scientists from across the country on Thursday endorsed an open letter to the chairman of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, Vallabhbhai Kathiria, questioning his source of information after he claimed that keeping cow dung cake in homes reduces radiation.

On October 13, Kathiria had told mediapersons that a “cow dung chip” has been produced, which can reduce radiation when kept on a cellphone.

The letter by scientists associated with IIT-Bombay, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, among others, asked: “You continued your speech claiming that all your statements are ‘scientifically proven’. Where and when were the said scientific experiments done? Who were the principal investigators? Where were the findings published? If it was in a research journal, was it peer-reviewed? Can the data and experimental details be provided?”

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The Indian Express, 16 October, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/cow-dung-reduces-radiation-in-open-letter-400-scientists-seek-evidence-6748027/?fbclid=IwAR0DEBUuICn03AW40qqY72AEXi_YKbtw1pNK_XXuxzu7aPrO-TrMEJ2har4

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