It’s barbecue season, a time of year that usually makes the meat industry happy. But an increasing number of Canadians, especially those under 35, are cutting out meat from their diets – a trend that should be causing serious alarm for meat producers.
There have been an increasing number of reported anti-meat incidents around the world as more consumers second-guess their relationship with animal proteins. How can the meat industry adjust?
Health concerns about red meat consumption, as well as the environmental impact of meat production, have fuelled an increased demand in plant-based proteins among Canadians. These calves are shown on the Grazed Right cattle ranch near Black Diamond, Alta., in 2016.
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Canadians are increasingly invested in their food -- where it comes from, how it's produced, and whether it's healthy. Here are some predicted food trends for 2018.
Iron is contained in many vegetarian foods, and there are yummy ways to enhance how much you absorb.
Iron deficiency affects more than one in ten Australian women before they reach menopause. Better dietary choices can be part of the solution.
There are lots of things to consider when pondering whether we should eat red meat.
The impacts of red meat production and consumption on human health, animal welfare and the environment are complex.
When fat is trimmed off red meat it compares favourably to other lean meats.
There has been a drastic reduction in the fat content of red meat in the last 40 years. South African red meat can now be classified as lean.
A report released by the World Health Organisation has ranked red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans, possibly causing bowel cancer.
The World Health Organisation's report on the increased cancer risk with eating processed and red meat has been met with mixed reactions.
Methods of communicating relative risk to the public are often confusing.
There are several ways scientists can explain risks of cancer and other diseases; some are easier to understand than others.
Consumption of chicken has been rising in Africa. This is a short-term solution to improving food insecurity.
Meat has health benefits. And good quality meat could also be the solution to the food insecurity problems that plague two-thirds of households in the developing world.
Eating two slices of bacon every day increases your risk of bowel cancer.
The World Health Organisation has determined that eating processed meat definitely causes cancer, while eating red meat probably does.
Moderate intakes of red meat and alcohol can prevent a cancer diagnosis.
Nearly 40,000 cancers diagnosed in Australia can be prevented if people avoid known risk factors for the disease, according to research published today.
The main thrust of the advisory committee’s report is that diets should be focused on whole foods, not specific nutrients.
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National dietary guidelines have become an easy target for those looking for a scapegoat for bad diets in rich countries. And a BMJ article about draft US guidelines adds further fuel for the fire.
Women who consume a high amount of red meat in early adulthood may be at increased risk of breast cancer later in life, a…
Eating a little red meat is good for building and maintaining muscle.
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“The optimist”, wrote American fantasy fiction writer James Branch Cabell, “proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” Reading about the global food…
Concerns about meat causing harm to animals and environment could be a thing of the past.
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In his essay “Fifty Years Hence”, Winston Churchill speculated, “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken…
Intestinal bacteria of meat eaters feed on a nutrient found in red meat to produce a compound which can clog arteries.
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A nutrient found red meat may increase the risk of heart disease when it interacts with the bacteria in the human gut, according…
There’s evidence of both the mechanism and effect for the link between colorectal cancer and high intakes of red meat.
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As we settle into the barbecue season, it’s time to consider whether the meat on your grill is harming your health. Conflicting messages in the media certainly don’t help. On one hand are advertisements…