This story, at first, seemed like another one of those ignorable media blitzes that distorted some research, drew causation from correlation, and sensationalized the results. The consumption of red meat has been noted to cause cancer, and since the World Health Organization says so, this thing has some traction. Red meat and processed meat has been determined to be “carcinogenic to humans” based on “sufficient evidence.”
I heard this story on local and national media multiple times all day, and each time the topic was introduced with direct statements such as “meat causes cancer.” Very pointed comments about meat causing cancer were followed by man-on-the-street interviews whereby folks were shocked that it was suddenly all so clear to them. Reporters were carelessly telling interviewees that red meat was found “to be as dangerous as cigarettes,” and even one derelict doctor from Detroit Henry Ford Hospital chimed in that people need to stop eating meat. After listening to these interviews, it’s abundantly clear that the serfs obediently wait around for the next great revelation (no questions asked), followed by their new marching orders.