A Response To The Article on 'Meat = Cancer' and the (deliberately Misleading but Trendy) Headline Race
What you do need to be aware of is how much human “intervention” is involved in getting your food to your mouth and the effects that human intervention has on the wider world. The general concept still holds true – the less people (and people-designed processing) involved in your personal food chain, the better. From your own garden? Excellent. From a local farmer who’s practices you know and trust? Awesomesauce. From an organic grocer? Maybe not ideal, but probably better than conventional. Even so, there are many variables. So if you aren’t sure – investigate. Was the steak I’m eating come from a cow that was given an appropriate diet and humane living conditions? How far did my food travel? Were the workers who picked and packed it given safe work conditions and a fair wage? How will my food dollars impact my local economy and local food chain stability? Do my food dollars encourage sustainable business practices? At EOM, adding considerations of humane animal husbandry practices, fair trade and labour rights for farm workers, and environmental sustainability to your food choices also plays a big part in finding the best food sources available to you that also have a positive benefit on the world around us. Your food choices have big impacts on your well-being and, by extension, the well-being of every living thing in your food chain. Choose wisely what food, and what headlines, you will consume.
For a well balanced article on the recent WHO report (which contains a very reasonable headline!), I recommend: ProcessedMeat and Cancer and What you Need to Know. Another good look at meat consumption myths: 8 Ridiculous Myths about Meat Consumption and Health by Authority Nutrition.
By Lisa Haessler / via EthicalOmnivore