Let's Ban Everything

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It seems this week that if it's not just bad for us someone wants to add something to it to make it good for us!

The latter refers to fortifying flour with folic acid to cut birth defects. A move that was approved earlier this year by the Food Standards Agency. Apparently, it could reduce the possibility of things such as spina bifida. All very well and good, you may say, but scientists say it may lead to a range of health problems. The BBC covered this in an article called 'Folic acid fortification warning', this Tuesday. The prospect of mass medication always make me wonder, 'what if they've got it wrong?' It wouldn't be the first time – it doesn't bear thinking about.

This report seems to have got trampled, in the news, in the rush to comment on a report by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) that among other things recommends:

Mmm... Sausage
  • Limiting red meat consumption
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Avoiding bacon, ham, and other processed meats
  • Breastfeeding children

I ain't trying that last one!

Mark Lawson at The Guardian has written a very nice piece on it today. New Consumer reports that The Soil Association have got the hump 'cos it doesn't say how good organic meat is for us – no surprises there then. The Farmer's Guardian reports the views of the NFU and the Meat & Livestock Commission, and The Sun, according to the BBC wants to "Save our bacon".

This commentator believes that whether you live longer, or not, following these guidelines will, as sure as eggs is eggs, make it seem longer!

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