What residents are saying after hearing red meat may cause cancer

We consume more meat than any other nation behind Luxembourg

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2010 file photo, steaks and other beef products are displayed for sale at a grocery store in McLean, Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The World Health Organization released a report Monday saying eating red meat can put you at an increased risk for getting colon cancer.

The North American Meat Institute issued a response calling the report “dramatic and an alarmist overreach.” One Greenfield resident told 22News, this won’t change her diet; in fact, she plans to continue eating beef. “I mean, just like anything else; you’re getting too much caffeine, you’re not getting enough caffeine; too much chocolate, not enough chocolate. So, I think it’s just like anything else; I think it’s too much of a hype,” said Wanda Pyform of Greenfield.

And while some people think it’s all hype, others have had concerns for years. “All those chemicals are just going into your food and that just goes up the food chain and it’s not surprising to me that they’re saying ‘Oh jeez! All these people are getting sick’,” said Liz Pichette of Conway.

Though meat consumption in the United States has dropped off slightly in recent years, at 270 Ibs per-person a year, we still consume more meat than almost any other nation in the world. In fact, only Luxembourg consumes more beef on a per-person basis. It’s a small western European country with 560,000 people.

Another resident said, “I think that time will tell as to whether or not that report has real validity and whether or not more reports will follow. I mean, how long were they saying that eggs were bad for our health and what are they saying now, So, things can change.”

It’s still not clear what type of effect, if any, this report might have on the meat industry here.

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