A curious group of commenters in this Independent publication, which reported the pending WHO recommendation. WHO addresses red & processed meats, saying little or nothing about fish or poultry as far as I could see, and these readers launch into a protracted anti-vegan tirade. And then some throw in slams at the Global Warming "conspiracy" for good measure.
Health issues stemming from eating red meat, and particularly processed meats, have long been known. This in itself is not news. What is new, however, is the seriousness with which WHO is now treating this issue, practically raising it to the level of a health crisis.
And that's something I can't competently evaluate. I've been eating very little red meat in recent years, anyway, for the personal reason that I'm increasingly having trouble digesting it well. Similar with dairy products, due to a growing lactose intolerance.
Fish and poultry are still OK for me, but then I read certain fish are high in mercury, and many are farm-grown with less nutritional value and contain other contaminants. Chickens & turkeys grown under virtually factory conditions have problems, too.
According to a report I saw, our fruits & vegetables in the US today contain only a fraction of the nutritional value they did 50 years ago. The decline allegedly being caused by modern US farming techniques and hybridization to promote rapid growth. And the level of chemical fertilizers and pesticides they contain is claimed to represent direct health threats.
So I begin to wonder what one CAN safely eat these days? And again, I'm not in a position to know for certain who to believe with these sometimes scary claims and who to disregard. Very confusing.