Move Over Tobacco: Meat is 'Highest Overall' Killer

The following is from today's headline via DemocracyNow!:

Study: Lots of Red Meat Increases Mortality Risk

And a major new study from the National Cancer Institute has found people who eat the most red meat and the most processed meat have the highest overall risk of death from all causes, including heart disease and cancer. Researchers came to this conclusion after studying the eating habits of more than 500,000 people between the ages of fifty and seventy-one. The researchers said thousands of deaths could be prevented if people simply ate less meat.

This is, of course, old news reconfirmed by yet another study. The NCI, a U.S. government institution, has long known that animal products are a public health concern. However, while we are encouraged to quit smoking, inevitably the recommendations regarding animal products only go as far as: "simply [eat] less meat." Even as thousands are dying, vegetarianism is never represented as an option.

Re: Move Over Tobacco: Meat is 'Highest Overall' Killer

Yeah, exactly as you said: "vegetarianism is never represented as an option".

I wonder what all plays into this being so. Obviously speciesism and homocentrism/anthropocentrism does, greed (if I can use that as a moral term to denote careless money making and politics lead primarily by interests in power and riches), and what else is all behind the fact that vegetarianism is almost never presented as an option - so far? I wonder.

Vegetarianism isn't, as we all know, even anything new at all, of course not! From what I observe on a personal social plane, people often pressurize other people into "staying in line" with whatever the majority of the society or any relevant group does.

An anecdotal example: A kid that I have been knowing through her childhood, used to for example, tend towards vegetarianism for ethical and moral reasons (which to my mind also imply an interest in health benefits, amongst other things). Since that person's teenage years then, when she got heavily into "adapting to her group" and worse when she had her first partner, who happened to be a keen "meat"-eater, she started to become almost fanatic about "meat"-eating. As if vegetarianism equaled being rejected by a group that, in this case, was made up of a majority of "meat"-eaters.

It's more than a shame when an individual development starts to get driven by the attitudes of the group in a way that an individual decision or insight gets pushed into the background.

However, there are so many different factors that still seek to work against "vegetarianism as a solution".

But having said that, on the other hand interestingly enough, a logically ethical lifestyle such as veganism/"strict vegetarianism" is, does find its way into many people's minds and hearts - despite everything that tries to hinder this type of "revolution", a vegan revolution that is. Happening slow, too slow, but still upcoming or rather ongoing ... .











Re: Move Over Tobacco: Meat is 'Highest Overall' Killer

From what I read about this, in the many articles I read about it, the importance of veganism and even vegetarianism was trivialized, not just overlooked. There were quotes from doctors that went something like "it's not necessary to shift into vegetarianism or veganism" and/or "moderate amounts of red meat and other meats can actually be more healthy than a vegan diet".
Vested interests much?