Just last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) placed processed meats in the same carcinogenic category as asbestos and smoking cigarettes.
Estimating that diets high in processed meats cause 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide, the WHO found that even unprocessed red meats like beef, veal, lamb, and pork are “probably carcinogenic.”
Now, a new article in The Guardian is highlighting the consumer backlash in the U.K. and the consequent drop in processed meat sales.
“Supermarkets across the UK reported a £3m drop in sales of sausages and bacon in the two weeks after the report’s publication, as shoppers digested the news and considered the health effects of eating them,” the article explains.
Following the report’s release, sales of prepackaged processed meats took a hit and at the beginning of November, sales of sausage were down 13.9 percent while sales of prepackaged bacon had declined 16.5 percent.
In addition to placing you at risk for cancer, eating meat contributes to horrific animal suffering. On modern farms, animals are subjected to extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers, and a merciless slaughter.
The short lives of farmed animals are filled with misery and deprivation.
The best step consumers can take to protect their health and end their support of cruel factory farms is to adopt a healthy plant-based diet.
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