A group of international scientists, supposedly without funding, carried out years of research on the subject of eating less meat; The research was headed by Dr Bradly Johnson from Dalhousie Universiy Canada.
Dr. Johnson is a very busy and highly acclaimed scientist and Associate professor in the department of community Health and Epidemiology of Dalhousie University Canada. Dr. Johnson would appear to be a highly educated medic having attended McMaster University, University of Alberta, (where he obtained his PhD, ), the University of Oxford, and the University of New Brunswick.
My primary concern is the eroding of public trust, at least the study did not say there are no health benefits from eating less red meat or pork, but suggests -If there are any health benefits, they are small.
My immediate reaction on reading the article to check to see who funded the research; I thought this was a bunch of scientists whose parents were cattle ranchers and pig farmers; but was relieved to see the research had no known funding; on the other hand Dr. Ellison, Dean of the Indiana Universited School of Public heath sided with the researchers, but he was funded by the National Cattlemen’s beef Association.
How can some of the most brilliant men and women who ever walked this earth from thousands of years ago can all be wrong.?
As I said before, my primary concern is the eroding of primary trust. Dr Johnson and his group might be right, but why should we believe them? We have been told by reputable authorities for donkeys years that eating less red meat and pork is beneficial for our health, up steps a group of scientists to upset the apple cart.
Health is a major problem around the world, we have been deceived by some researchers and pharmaceuticals, placing money before people.
As a youth growing up in Barbados, we were told that brown sugar was bad for us, so we exported the bulk of our brown sugar to England, until one of our Prime Ministers went to England and found that brown sugar was not only expensive, but could only be found in the health stores, while we imported Tate and Lyle refined white sugar like a bunch of fools.
We are surrounded by coconut trees, but we were told “coconut oil was bad for our health”, while we imported lard oil for consumption.
I adopted a plant based diet a few years ago, after suffering a stroke. The decision was based on research I conducted, which I still believe is credible. I have resisted goat meat, which my mouth still runs water for a small portion.
Cattle Industry & Climate Change
Perhaps we should change the focus, The cattle industry is deeply associated with climate change; which might shorten our life span .
Is it smarter to continue to enjoy red meat and pork and die sooner as a result of climate change, or limit the cattle industry; save the planet, enjoy the occasional steak, piece of pork or goat meat, and a live a longer, healthier life.
Eat less Red Meat and Pork