We’ve all seen the headlines.

Processed meat (and to a slightly lesser degree) red meat causes cancer.  This information is not new.

Why all the excitement now?  Some feel because the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are due to issue their new food guidelines.

Written every five years, they are, unfortunately, subject to intense lobbying. That, in turn, affects what foods are allowed in schools as well as what types of food federal programs will subsidize.

The American Cancer Society has recommended limiting red and processed meat specifically since 2002. By the way, PETA‘s response was to offer a free vegan starter kit and a personal vegan mentor.