Red Meat and Cancer

By now you’ve probably heard the piece of news stirring up controversy on every corner of the web. But just in case you haven’t, I’ll gladly share the memo with you: the World Health Organization just classified red meat as carcinogenic. You read that right. One of the most powerful international health agencies just placed eating red meat in the same cancer-causing level as asbestos and smoking tobacco.

If you’re a resident of a Western hemisphere, you know that this news is probably not going to be received well by most of our meat-loving friends and family. Lest they counter with the notion that animal consumption is a hallmark of the developed world, the U.S. government also affirmed the benefits of a plant-based diet earlier this year.

I’m thrilled that these influential organizations have used their platforms to promote plant-based eating. Food is indeed fuel for our bodies. But it’s also one of the very best ways to protect our health and safeguard the Planet each and every day. So thank you, WHO and other agencies, for disrupting and renegotiating the way we think about food.


7 responses to “Red Meat and Cancer

  1. While I am, mostly, a plant eating human. I do want to point out you are confusing red meat with processed meat. They said processed meat is at the same level as asbestos and smoking. Red meats are “probable” but they have limited research, raw meat they have done no research “he cancer risk related to the consumption of red meat is more difficult to estimate because the evidence that red meat causes cancer is not as strong. However, if the association of red meat and colorectal cancer were proven to be causal, data from the same studies suggest that the risk of colorectal cancer could increase by 17% for every 100 gram portion of red meat eaten daily.


  2. It’s gotten to the point I don’t pay much attention to ‘this causes cancer’ articles. it seems every other month ‘they’ say that something will or can cause cancer. Soon they’ll tell us that the air we breathe causes cancer (I’m sure it does considering all the air pollution all around us) so I might as well go happy and eating the foods I want to eat 🙂


  3. I assume since you have already published a comment that was made after mine that you are not publishing my comment. It is unfortunate because I am someone who tries to represent the truth. Do you think it makes you a better person to misrepresent what the WHO reported? I am someone who is actively working on seeking the truth in veganism, misrepresenting the truth may help your cause but it is still a lie.


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