The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published a study linking red meats and processed meats to cancer, which has a lot of people up in arms. Predictably, the meat industry threw a livid fit, because they’re worried that findings like this will hurt their sales. Others think it’s bad science, or some type of conspiracy. When Fox News discussed this on The Five, host Dana Perino decided this wasn’t just a liberal conspiracy, it was a liberal conspiracy tied to climate change.
Yes, you read that right. Mediaite has the segment, and Perino said, in no uncertain terms:
I think that there is a bigger conspiracy here anyway by the World Health Organization, and it all has to do with climate change. Global warming. There’s a big push against any sort of animal consumption.
Because science is all about pushing liberal conspiracies all the time. Right. Co-host Greg Gutfeld had to chime in with his own stupidity, saying, “Reduce our carbon hoofprint.” Not footprint, hoofprint. He takes the whole thing less seriously than Perino, who clearly doesn’t take food and health science, or climate science, seriously.
This is, however, Fox News, so of course they’ll attack anything scientific that doesn’t say what they want it to say. The vegetarian reaction to this news notwithstanding, not everything that says something is bad for us is a vast, liberal conspiracy at all, let alone one tied to another so-called liberal agenda like climate change.
The report found that eating just 50 grams of processed meat each day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent. According to the BBC, processed meats include hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausage, salami, and more, and is basically meat that has been modified to increase its shelf life, or change its taste. That’s why ham and bacon are on this list; they’ve often got a lot of sodium added, and they’ve been smoked or cured in some way to alter their taste and increase their shelf life.
The carcinogenic chemicals form during processing. However, the reason that red meats may also be carcinogenic, even if they’re unprocessed, is because these chemicals can also form during cooking. This is especially true when cooking meat at high temperatures, such as on a grill.
The WHO’s data is based on hundreds of studies, according to a story on CNN Money. It’s not like this is a single study, or just a couple of studies that are outliers among scads of studies. Of course, if it’s something that people have done all their lives, then it’s expected for conservatives to cry foul when studies come out that say it’s bad.
That’s what Fox News is doing. They’re crying foul because they see studies like this as agenda-based, because they hurt industry and because they tell people that it might be a good idea to alter their lifestyles and habits. That, in the world of the right, is evil.
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