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Abolish cancerous red meats

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The World Health Organization has concluded that everyone’s favorite pig pickings, bacon and ham, can lead to cancer.

Recently, WHO has made public its frightening findings regarding red meat. After having extensively reviewed different countries, the conclusion states that eating four strips of bacon will increase colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. Additionally, the consumption of red meat would increase the risk of pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Scientific findings regarding any type of cancer and the nature of the disease itself are rare. Most of the mystery behind this vicious disease is still hiding in the dark pits of the unknown.

The problem arises when even after incriminating data points to red meats as a cause of cancer, the products are not taken off the market. At the very least, the government could give a hazardous warning for consumers.

The situation with red meat is a lot like the ongoing cigarette debacle. Cigarettes have long been known to cause lung cancer, and yet they are still on the market, making profit and killing people. The same situation will follow this new finding concerning red meat.

The profits companies collect from these cancerous products has proven to be far more valuable than human lives. The North American Meat Institute averaged a total of 25.8 billion pounds of beef and 23.2 billion pounds of pork sold in the US in 2013 alone.

The average price of a pound of bacon and ham sums up to $5.734 per pound. When 25.8 billion gets multiplied by 5.734, one can start to imagine why these companies will avoid any bad publicity that may jeopardize the numbers that are currently falling in their favor.

With research proving the product to be hazardous, the last thing company officials want is to spread the word—even if that means leaving people oblivious of the true danger of their product. A similar situation happened with cigarettes.

Consumers became fond of the product and it soon climbed to the top of people’s demands, but the danger of using them was not mentioned. Cigarette companies were making too much profit to risk their pool of buyers by warning consumers of the health risks caused by their product.

In 2014, around 264 billion cigarettes were purchased in the U.S., averaging a total cost of $6.28 per pack. Protecting these mass profits is exactly why companies with such a high demand and health risk do not mix well.

Warning buyers of the danger would put the companies’ profits at risk. Even though products like red meat and cigarettes put the lives of many in danger, very little is done to educate the public. The practice of protecting companies from losing profit needs to stop.

Money will never compare to the value of human life, and it is about time action is taken.