Commentary By Wayne Creed, Cape Charles Wave Columnist
On March 20, Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) set up their annual campaign, the 2015 MeatOut, meant to encourage the public to try a vegan diet for one day. People from 96 countries pledged to "Eat Vegan for a Day." This simple effort saved 1,343 farmed animals. MeatOut was soon followed by an opinion in the New York Times by Dean Ornish, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. Ornish's article focused on the questionable notion that "Americans have grown fat because they eat too much starch and sugar, and not enough meat, fat and eggs."
The implication is that consuming lean meat and animal byproducts (even those labeled organic or grass fed) is somehow "healthy." More recent research indicates that animal protein may significantly increase the risk of premature mortality from all causes, among them cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes, and a study published by NIH last March found a 75 percent increase in premature deaths from all causes, and a 400 percent increase in deaths from cancer and Type 2 diabetes, among heavy consumers of animal protein under the age of 65 - those who got 20 percent or more of their calories from animal protein.