Monday, experts from the World Health Organization concluded that red meats and processed meats are linked to cancer. Consumption of these meats increase the risk of colon cancer. The report put processed meats into the Group 1 Category that includes: alcohol, tobacco smoke, asbestos, and other carcinogens. Although it is in the group 1 category, the levels of risk all vary. The report also stated processed meats could contribute to 30,000 deaths per year, globally.
The meat industry is very large, bringing in billions of dollars in revenue each year. This report could potentially disrupt the industry by causing demand for processed meats to decrease. Although the smoking industry has continued to thrive after reports linking to cancer, it will be interesting to see the outcome of the WHO report. If demand for red and processed meats went down, fewer animals would be needed. Maybe cows and pigs could be let go to roam free in the wilderness…
Here’s a link to a Q&A to find out more about the WHO report.
And here is a cool photo of Americas favorite things: