Eat Food and Die. Riiiiggght. Excerpt:
By now you’ve heard about a new World Health Organization report that links consumption of bacon, sausage, beef, and other meats to cancer.
Some early reports, based on the WHO classification, painted the connection between bacon and cancer as equivalent to that between cigarette smoking and cancer.
Many activists used the WHO announcement as cause to take a victory lap. #BanBacon, a subtle hashtag created earlier this year by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a vegan group, got a new workout.
But the facts appear to be catching up to the frenzy.“It is certainly very inappropriate to suggest that any adverse effect of bacon and sausages on the risk of bowel cancer is comparable to the dangers of tobacco smoke, which is loaded with known chemical carcinogens and increases the risk of lung cancer in cigarette smokers by around 20 fold,” Dr. Ian Johnson of the Institute of Food Research told Britain’s Telegraph.
Perspective like this helps. As others have noted, the increased risk associated with eating bacon and the other foods listed in the WHO report is scant—something along the lines of an increase of one percentage point (from five percent to six percent). The WHO itself clarified this point in the wake of the fatalistic headlines caused by its report.
The WHO report estimates that 34,000 out of 56 million annual deaths worldwide may be attributable to eating processed meats. That’s 0.06 percent of all deaths worldwide.
The molehill of risk has real-world implications. In fact, it could lead to a mountain of regulations and litigation—beginning right here in America.
Let’s face it – the one thing we can count on in this life is that none of us are getting out of it alive.
I’m fond of many things that probably aren’t good for me – beer, straight Scotch, bacon, sausage, pizzas. cheese bread, to name just a few. And if every strip of bacon eaten takes a minute off your life, I would have died in 1762.
Now, as for the “Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,” that, True Believers, is three lies for the price of one. The PCRM includes very few actual physicians among their membership; they are not overly concerned with medicine, and they are not – say again not – responsible. They advocate for veganism, which would be one thing if they just tried to persuade.
But they don’t want to persuade you to give up bacon and sausage and other wonderful animal foods. They want to coerce you to do what they think is best, whether you would or not, and they want to use the force of law to do so.
Fortunately for all of us, they are the very definition of a fringe group. Just a few hundred loony fucksticks ranting and raving about the idea that somebody, somewhere, may be enjoying themselves.
The very distilled essence of the political class in America today, in other words.