Oxford U. Press Defends Its Standards as Food Activists Criticize Book

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A book by Robert Paarlberg has come under fire as a purported example of substandard scholarly publishing.

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A book by Robert Paarlberg has come under fire as a purported example of substandard scholarly publishing.

A group of scholars and food activists are campaigning against what they say is a decline in scholarly publishing standards. But their emphasis on one publisher and one book raises questions for some observers about what's motivating the campaign.

Led by Frances Moore Lappé, the well-known author of Diet for a Small Planet and, most recently, EcoMind, the group has set up an online petition and a Web site,