The 'lead story' in the print edition of today's Daily Telegraph is that red meat is now being blamed for one in ten early deaths, with the Department of Health being urged last night to review its guidance on red meat after a study found that eating almost half the daily recommended amount can significantly increase the risk of dying early from cancer and heart disease.
Oh no, thought I, not another 'scare du jour' designed to deflect our attention from matters more important, matters such as will Cameron ever get his leg over another horse. Then of course we note that just a year ago women were being cautioned they could be put at greater risk of iron deficiency if they followed new advice to eat less red meat. C'mon chaps/chapesses, I thought, make your minds up - but then I find that eating red meat is considered by some to be detrimental to the environment. I kid you not.
A recent paper published by S. Matthew Liao (New York University), Anders Sandberg (Oxford) and Rebecca Roache (Oxford) argues that that human engineering deserves further consideration in the debate about climate change. This would involve the biomedical modification of humans to make them better at mitigating climate change. Go read it, do.
It would seem that it is indeed a mad, mad, mad world in which we live.
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