This week the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report saying that processed meats -- such as bacon, sausages and ham -- do cause cancer.
The report was based on a review of 800 studies from around the world, with the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) saying it found "sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer."
According to their findings, 50g of processed meat a day - less than two slices of bacon - increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.
This study has gone viral, even illiciting responses from multiple governments -- particularly those with an economy dependent on the consumption of meat. First Italy's prosciutto producers dismissed the study, now followed up by both Germany and Austria.
Christian Schmidt, German food and agriculture minister, stated on Tuesday that "No one should be afraid when eating a bratwurst." *crickets*
While these new findings are not surprising to vegans and food or health experts, the response from establishments financially vested in the meat industry is both troubling and indicative of their priorities -- profit over lives. The report by WHO is a major step forward in validating what many vegans have already been saying for many years; the best diet is a plant-based diet, both for our own health and to respect the sanctity of life inherent in all sentient beings. Animals deserve to live, not to be tortured, slaughtered, and eaten. Our health agrees.