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What all the debates over the dangers of red meat are missing

This is not a clash over the science—it is a clash of paternalism about how much risk we should accept

By Michael Blastland  

What's at steak? Debates over the relative safety of meat forget that for most of us, risk is personal. Photo: Pixabay/Prospect composite

Whose risk is it anyway?

Where there’s meat, there’s blood. Even academic research into the personal health risks of eating it has become vicious. Cut down, says the old; eat what you like, says the new, only for advocates of the old to beat up the revisionists (“these authors are wrong about absolutely everything” … “the most egregious abuse of evidence I have ever seen”). Experts, eh?

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