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March 23, 2009

Reducing Meat Consumption Has Multiple Benefits for the World's Health

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(6):543-545. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.2

In this issue of the Archives, the authors of the excellent study of the effects of meat consumption on mortality among participants of the large National Institutes of Health–AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) Diet and Health Study cohort reiterate the concerns echoed in other major reviews and studies on the adverse effects of excessive meat intake.1 However, I am taking a different tact and am focusing on the way the implications of reducing excessive meat consumption would relate to a number of major global concerns.1 This study closely follows a recent, exceptional, and thorough review on the effects of excessive consumption of red meats, processed meats, and fish on cancer2 by the American Institute for Cancer Research–World Cancer Research Fund.