The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) promotes red meat.
So far, EBLEX hasn’t published strong words about the scandal of horse meat in beef products. I hope it does so, because this scandal could damage the whole meat industry. No doubt there will be calls for everybody to go vegan. I’ve no problem with people eating a vegan or vegetarian diet, or any other diet, but I choose meat as part of a balanced diet.
Over two weeks ago, Sarah Trickett at Farmers Weekly said that EBLEX was going to start testing beef products for horse DNA. Good plan, say I. But the horse-meat problem has grown into a scandal now. It’s time for more than a plan to start running checks. When I see more action on this, from EBLEX or its sister bodies (levy boards) in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile EBLEX reports the findings of the ‘Seven Ages’ study about red meat and human nutrition. There’s evidence that many people in the rich world lack minerals which are found in red meat. People from babies to old folk and everybody in between. That science, reported in Meat and Health, suggests that people can benefit from eating red meat as part of a balanced diet.
EBLEX funded the ‘Seven Ages’ study, and it’s one of several British pro-meat levy boards funding Meat and Health. So ‘Seven Ages’ hasn’t yet been presented as impartial science. But it’s to go through the peer review process. Then it will be published by the British Nutrition Foundation.
I trust the ‘Seven Ages’ study with caution. Partly because EBLEX and the other levy boards funded my PhD and other good science 😉 – I wouldn’t have worked with them if they’d asked me to fake anything. More to the point, the ‘Seven Ages’ study is a meta-analysis of peer reviewed science.
Now, where’s my meat supper?