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The Guardian

Reach ‘peak meat’ by 2030 to tackle climate crisis, say scientists

Featured Council Member: Helen Harwatt, MD
Livestock production needs to reach its peak within the next decade in order to tackle the climate emergency, scientists have warned. They are calling for governments in all but the poorest countries to set a date for “peak meat” because animal agriculture is a significant and fast-growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions. Cattle and sheep emit large amounts of methane while forests are destroyed to create pasture and grow the grains that are fed to intensively reared animals. The world’s scientists agree that huge amounts of carbon dioxide will have to be removed from the atmosphere to limit global heating to 1.5C. More than 80% of farmland is used for livestock but it produces just 18% of food calories. Reducing meat and dairy, and eating plant-based diets instead, would free up land to be returned to natural forest. Researchers say that is the best option currently available for storing large amounts of carbon.


The Truth About Meat in Your Diet

Featured Council Member: Dr. David Katz
For decades, health experts have been warning us away from red and processed meats (like sausage and cold cuts). “People who eat the most red meat are more prone to developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, colorectal cancer and other cancers,” says Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health, who has tracked the diets of 300,000 people for up to four decades. “There is remarkable consistency and reproducibility in the evidence.” But a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine created a huge stir by reporting that the links between meat and health consequences were insignificant and by issuing a new set of guidelines recommending that people stop trying to cut back on meat. To understand whether bacon burgers are good or bad, we sat down with David Katz, M.D., founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center at the Yale School of Public Health and founder of the True Health Initiative, a global watchdog coalition of more than 500 health and nutrition experts.

Psychology Today

A Sacred Cow? Controversial Recommendations About Red Meat

Featured Council Member: Frank Hu, MD, Harvard
A sacred cow, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “an idea or institution unreasonably held to be immune from questioning or criticism.” The term, also used in journalism to indicate someone not to be criticized or even copy not to be altered, seems to have originated in the late 19th century, probably in the context of the cow as an object of reverence in the Hindu religion. With the recent intense criticism directed at a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine (October 2019) about red meat intake in our diet, we may be indeed dealing with one of our “sacred cows.” Criticism has come from the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Association, Dr. Frank Hu, Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Dr. David L. Katz, President and Founder, True Health Initiative, among many others, when the series of articles recommended, in a complete reversal of years of previous research findings, that Americans need not necessarily limit their intake of red and processed meat to prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, many forms of cancer, and even earlier mortality.


Bacon and hotdogs would be banned from DC hospitals under bill introduced by Mary Cheh

Featured Council Member: Neal Barnard, MD
Cheh says her bill would eliminate processed meat from hospital menus and would have hospitals provide plant-based options for patients, staff, and visitors. The bill would also require hospitals to reduce soda and sugar-sweetened beverages in hospital vending machines, menus, and cafeterias. “Doctors and healthcare providers have long advised us that nutrition is essential to health, and we’re finally seeing healthy food be taken seriously as an important part of healthcare,” Cheh said.

The Washington Post

Research group that discounted risks of red meat has ties to program partly backed by beef industry

Featured Council Member: Dr. David Katz
The nutrition research group whose recent study drew heavy attention for downplaying the risks of red meat has received funding from a university program partially backed by the beef industry.

The Telegraph

Can cities change the world through what they eat?

Featured Council Member: Dr Gunhild Stordalen
Shifting to healthier and more sustainable diets will benefit people and the planet – and build prosperity

The New York Times

Scientist Who Discredited Meat Guidelines Didn’t Report Past Food Industry Ties

The lead researcher, Bradley C. Johnston, said he was not required to report his past relationship with a powerful industry trade group.

Is Red Meat Still Bad for You? The Experts Say Less is Best

Featured Council Member: Frank Hu
Before you begin eating more red meat, or feeling less concern about your health when you do, consider the facts rather than the fantasy, say US experts who are working hard to tell you the truth behind the headlines promising that red meat is really ok. It is not—particularly if your hope to live healthier into your older years.

New York Daily News

The truth about meat and health: Don’t be confused by misleading media reports

Featured Council Member: Jennifer Lutz
Media claim that top researchers are having a “food fight” over the so-called red-meat papers, recently published in Annals of Internal Medicine. But they’ve gotten the story wrong. The headline should be: “Media Hypes Up Headlines to the Detriment of Public Health.” NPR’s headline reads “No Need to Cut Back on Red Meat? Controversial New ‘Guidelines’ Lead To Outrage.” The New York Times is tweeting about doctors fighting. But the doctors aren’t outraged or fighting. The doctors are concerned, and so are the nutritionists, researchers and policy makers who have dedicated themselves to making an ailing population, a little less sick. Among the nutrition community, there is mostly consensus, not contention.

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Red and processed meat are OK to eat, controversial new guidelines claim. Don't believe it, leading experts say

Leading nutritional experts in the United States and the UK are fired up about new dietary recommendations claiming there’s no need to reduce your red and processed meat intake for good health.
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