In his 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, the physicist and philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn revolutionised the history of science by showing that it does not evolve in a linear fashion on the basis of the discovery of objective, theory-neutral facts. Instead, he argued, science is characterised by periods that open up new approaches to understanding, creating new value frameworks. The notion of ‘scientific truth’ is shaped by the paradigm within which ‘facts’ are measured.

Such a paradigm shift is currently taking place in the field of food and agriculture as we ...


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