Geoff Russell

I've programmed computers for most of my life and have degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics with majors in both pure and applied. I don't do much mathematics these days but it informs every aspect of how I think about problems.

In 2009 I wrote a book "CSIRO Perfidy" about the CSIRO TotalWellbeing Diet. The "scientifically proven" high red meat diet which CSIRO research showed was no better than more conventional diets for losing weight. They mis-stated their own research results and convinced the Australian public to buy a million copies of their 2005 book. The rest is history. They already had the research results to show that people can't stick to the diet and that it's no better than a more conventional diet, and despite massive sales and huge publicity, Australia's obesity levels haven't declined. Central to the book is the finding, obtained under FOI, that the CSIRO board was informed, prior to the launch of the 2nd edition of the book, that "Research findings from [CSIRO] scientists have established that diets high in red meat, processed meats and the dairy protein casein can significantly increase the risk of bowel cancer." Nevertheless CSIRO published a diet and told the public instead that: "Studies have shown that fresh red meat (beef and lamb) is not a significant risk factor for colorectal cancer".

Since 2009, the World Cancer Research Fund has reiterated its finding that red and processed meats cause bowel cancer and CSIRO has continued selling its high red meat diet. Apart from misleading the public about the impacts of red meat on cancer, the diet also sends a powerful message to the Australian people that CSIRO isn't too concerned about climate change ... with our red meat source sheep and cattle being a more powerful climate forcing than our coal fired power stations.