The World Health Organisation says processed meat could cause cancer and red meat is risky too.
The latest findings by the World Health Organisation (WHO) have re-ignited the debate about the impact of eating meat. The agency has concluded that eating too much processed meat causes cancer while red meat is a likely cause of the disease as well.
The findings have drawn sharp reactions from those in the meat industry, who argue meat forms part of a balanced diet and that cancer risk assessments need to be set in a broader context of environmental and lifestyle factors.
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Other scientists have also criticised the WHO conclusions, saying they lack enough substantial evidence.
So, should we stop eating meat?
Presenter: Hazem Sika
Hannes Tinnacher – chef and food expert
Dr Kurt Straif – epidemolist and head of the International Agency for Research on Cancer
Darren Saunders – senior lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales Australia