Saving Kids From Hotdogs and Deli Slices…

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 2:14pm.

Schools should stop serving hot dogs and other processed meats because even small amounts increase the risk of adult cancer, says a new TV ad produced by animal "rights" activists.  

The "Protect Our Kids" spot was produced by the Cancer Project, an affiliate of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a group that advocates vegan diets and opposes medical research involving animals.
It will air on TV stations around the country, said the Cancer Project, an PCRM affiliate. Both groups are headed by Neal Barnard, M.D.
"Cancer risk starts early," Barnard said in a news release. "If we don't protect our kids by removing hot dogs, sausages, and deli slices and pepperoni from our schools, we're stacking the cards against them."
The Cancer Project said it reviewed "existing data on nutrition and cancer risk" and concluded that processed meats increase the risk of colorectal cancer. It says no amount of processed meat is safe to eat.
The group is campaigning to reform the federal Child Nutrition Act, up for renewal in 2009, which determines what foods are served in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture currently includes processed meats in the lists of commodity foods available to schools.
Some school districts use more processed meat than others, the Cancer Project found.
"˜Food radicals'
A group that represents the food and restaurant industry says the TV ad is the product of "animal rights crazies."
"[I]s anyone buying their baloney?" asked the Center for Consumer Freedom.
The ad shows children eating hot dogs in a school cafeteria: "I was dumbfounded when the doctor told me I have late-stage colon cancer," one little boy says.
But none of the three children featured in the ad actually has cancer.
The commercial's pro-vegetarian sponsors say it's a dramatization that highlights research linking processed meats, including hot dogs, with higher odds of getting colon cancer.
The research linking processed meats with colon cancer is based studies of adults, not children -- "and the increased risk is slight, even if you ate a hot dog a day," the Center says on its Web site.  While the research is "compelling, it isn't conclusive," it added.
The Center for Consumer Freedom says the "serial exaggerators at PCRM" are trying to scare the general public and influence the "opinion-leading elites (newspaper editors) who shape our public discussions."


Susan Jones - August 28, 2008 - source CNSNews

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 2:14pm.