This past week, the World Health Organization Confirmed what vegans have been saying for years- Red meat is certainly linked to cancers. A report was released on Monday the 26th titled “IARC Monographs evaluate consumption of red meat and processed meat“.
The following is a direct quote from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s press release.
“After thoroughly reviewing the accumulated scientific literature, a Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by the IARC Monographs Programme classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A), based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect. This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.”
This is big news, mainly because although individual reports have shown evidence that meat consumption is related to certain cancers, there has never been direct confirmation from a massive, government run organisation like the WHO, which is a branch of the United Nations. There is no longer any way to dispute the evidence that red meat is not a health food. This means that in all probability, the demand for red meat will decrease substantially.
This could be a big step in the fight towards ending industrial meat consumption.
You can read the full report here.