Washington Post calls out Jane Goodall for plagiarism

The Washington Post
Jane Goodall’s upcoming book “Seeds of Hope” contains “at least a dozen passages borrowed without attribution, or footnotes, from a variety of Web sites,” Steven Levingston reports in The Washington Post. Some come from “organic tea websites,” Levingston writes, including Choice Organic Teas, which sells tea that benefits the Jane Goodall Institute.

“I am distressed to discover that some of the excellent and valuable sources were not properly cited, and I want to express my sincere apologies,” Goodall tells the Post in an email. Her publisher says “We have not formulated a detailed plan beyond crediting the sources in subsequent releases.”

The book, which Goodall wrote with Gail Hudson, attributes one quote to a botanist named Matt Daws: “’If seeds can survive that long in such poor conditions, then that’s good news for the ones that are stored under ideal conditions in the Millennium Seed Bank,’ Matt Daws said to me.”

Virtually the same quote from Daws appears on the Gardens Web site in a 2009 article with the headline “Plant story — 200 year old seeds spring to life”: “If seed can survive that long in poor conditions, then that’s good news for those in the Millennium Seed Bank stored under ideal conditions.” Asked in an e-mail whether he ever had a conversation with Goodall, Daws replied: “To be perfectly honest I have no recollection of speaking to her.”

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    Jane comes to Taiwan every year on her global travels, always to raise raise money momey. She has become a big corporation of non profit compassion. She obviously does not have time to write the book here, so Gail wrote it for her, ghosted it, with credit, but Jane at this point in her “career” hardly writes now. She is a fundrasiing marvel. Travel travel travel. Carbon footprint as big as the world will let her. She means well. Her publishers don’t. – danny bloom, 1949-2032