Scientists say farming is too important to ‘become the victim of zealotry’
Almost 1,000 academics from leading universities across the world have signed an initiative which argues that livestock farming is too important to ‘become the victim of zealotry’.
Publishing in the academic journal Animal Frontiers, as part of a collaboration between professional animal science societies, dozens of experts looked behind new claims that eating meat causes diseases, as well as being harmful for the planet.
Researchers found, however, that it is hard to replicate the nutritional content of meat.
It added that those who live in poorer communities and have a low meat intake often suffer from a number of nutrient-deficient diseases such as stunted growth, wasting and anaemia, The Telegraph reports.
Researchers in Animal Frontiers said that unprocessed meat is responsible for providing B12 vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals, such as iron and zinc, as well as supplying retinol.
The paper suggested that the link between red meat and disease was almost eradicated when it was combined with a healthy diet, leading to the suggestion it was the rest of the diet that is the cause behind health issues.
“Researchers found, however, that it is hard to replicate the nutritional content of meat.”
“B12 vitamins” Vitamins? Did they mean vitamin?
You can have B12 deficiency no matter what diet you follow. Some studies show those that follow a plant based diet have lower B12 levels, others show it is meat eaters that are more susceptible too B12 deficiency because they don’t get their levels checked or take a B12 isolate.
“omega-3 fatty acids” Avocados and flax seed are packed with omega 3 as are walnuts. Two walnut halves supply all the omega 3 and other fats of the recommended daily fat intake. Please look into the omega 6 vs omega 3 intake ratio and realise how out of balance the standard western diet is.
“minerals, such as iron and zinc” Leafy greens, broccoli and pumpkin seeds cover that. One serving of pumpkin seeds contains half the RDI.
“as well as supplying retinol.” Spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes and red peppers all contain vitamin A which is beta-carotene or retinol which they have chosen to call it to make it seem more unobtainable or exotic.
By all means eat what you want but don’t try and claim that it is moore healthy to eat meat, because it isn’t.
Those in poorer communities tend to eat more processed food and less vegetables and fruit which is the real reason for their poor health outcomes.