According to a recent Munchies article, a food watchdog group is petitioning the USDA to place cancer labels on processed meats.
Last year, the UN’s World Health Organization released a groundbreaking study placing processed meats, such as jerky and bacon, in the same category of cancer risk as asbestos and cigarettes.
Using WHO’s study as a framework, the Center for Science in the Public Interest published a petition to the USDA requesting that processed meat products contain cancer warning stickers similar to those on tobacco products.
The petition states:
In recent years, scientific research has led to the conclusion that processed meat and poultry increases the risk of colorectal cancer, which is the second‐leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and [is] expected to account for 49,190 deaths in 2016.
It’s true. Past studies corroborate the correlation between meat consumption and increased risk of colon cancer. One study found that compared to women who ate one serving of red meat a week, women who ate 1.5 servings of red meat a day had a 22 percent greater risk of developing breast cancer. And researchers from Harvard have revealed that an increase in red meat consumption is directly related to an increased risk of diabetes.
As if the threat of cancer and diabetes weren’t enough to turn you off meat, animals on modern farms are treated like unfeeling objects, and their short lives are filled with misery and deprivation.
Thankfully, you can avoid the dangers of animal products. By switching to a vegan diet, you can protect your health and animals who live tortured lives on factory farms.
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