Red Meat & Lies
AlterNet’s Martha Rosenberg released an article two days ago titled “7 Giant Lies About Red Meat Promoted by the Meat Industry” that ‘exposes’ (a relative term these days given how many sources regularly report wrongdoing by the meat industry from misinformation to deceptive marketing practices…and the recurring citation of disease caused by excessive meat-eating) USDA-discredited information perpetuated by Big Meat.
Here is the list of the aforementioned seven lies:
Lie #1: There is no science linking red meat to cancer, stroke and heart attacks.
Lie #2: Meat today is “leaner” than it used to be, and better for you.
Lie #3: Meat is an ideal protein because it is “nutrient dense.”
Lie #4: The salt in meat is good for you!
Lie #5: Millions of American can’t be wrong.
Lie #6: Red meat warnings violate consumer “rights.”
Lie #7: The government doesn’t have any business telling us how to eat!
The article is fairly in-depth and contains citations that systematically nullify all of the ridiculous claims made by the meat industry (#5 is my favorite, by the way).
As I’ve mentioned before, much of these absurdities are the meat industry’s various responses to the health advisory committee’s recent(ish) findings and recommendations, detailed in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. I can’t help but be reminded of the tobacco industry’s (Philip Morris, to be exact) current litigation against entire (small) nations as detailed in the short exposé by John Oliver (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tobacco) in the face of the new packaging requirements in Australia, and I can’t help but wonder what the meat industry would do if something similar was forced upon them.
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