Yesterday’s Swiss report that concluded that eating too much meat, especially processed meat, considerably increases the risk of dying prematurely because of heart disease or cancer can hardly be described as shocking.
Even before Europe’s horse meat scandal made it very difficult to have faith in some food labelling the threat of an unbalanced diet was always obvious.
Though this is primarily a health issue it is also a social and economic one. Figures revealed as the horse meat scandal unfolded showed that the very poorest in society are the most dependent on bottom-of-the-range processed meats. It seems, in these circumstances, that it will take more than education to resolve the threat posed by a poor diet.
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