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Is eating processed meat as bad as smoking for causing cancer?

According to the US CDC: People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke According to Carcinogenicity of ...
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"One year without beef saves 3432 trees"

The cartoon seems to originate from Resources Spent on Consumption of Animals (citing to a video from Bite Size Vegan) which gives slightly more detail: 1 lb of beef = 55 square feet of forest (45-55 ...
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Does this picture depict the conditions at a veal farm?

Snopes rates that particular picture as a fairly misleading "veal hutch" which isn't actually used like that. What’s pictured here are not crates in which calves are imprisoned within an ...
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Are broiler chickens injected with hormones in their left legs?

This claim raises so many questions! It is one of funnier claims on the site. First, does Bulgaria imports chickens? After all, if they grew all their own, this claim wouldn't be true. Poultry World ...
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Is eating processed meat as bad as smoking for causing cancer?

Does the claim “processed meat causes as much cancer as smoking in relative terms” hold up to scrutiny? No, it does not. The WHO did indeed classify processed meat as carcinogenic to humans. Going to ...
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Are 93% of meat worker marriages in shambles?

I messaged the creator of the video, asking: In one of your videos you write "The FDA estimates that 93% of meat worker marriages are in shambles". is that just a joke or do you have a source for ...
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Does the means of slaughter affect meat quality?

Yes, it is truth. This is well known in rural enviorements, pigs is a clear example of this. The reason are stated in this study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United nations: The ...
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"One year without beef saves 3432 trees"

The claim really originates from 1986, and over the years has been stripped down to a factoid, to fulfill Bradbury's prophecy "Films and radios, magazines, books leveled down to a sort of ...
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Are live monkey brains a traditional cuisine?

The closest thing anyone has ever produced to proof that monkeys are eaten alive is this 1998 article in Apple Daily, a popular Hong Kong newspaper. It shows an unconscious monkey about to be ...
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Are hogs scalded alive in slaughterhouses?

Given that millions of hogs are slaughtered in the United States every month, it is entirely possible that workers do observe pigs being scalded alive. However, to the extent that USDA regulations are ...
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Are broiler chickens injected with hormones in their left legs?

Are chickens injected with hormones? No, chickens are not given growth hormones. Please see Chickens Do Not Receive Growth Hormones: So Why All the Confusion?. The truth is that no hormones are ...
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Is there a connection between sleep patterns and meat-eating?

No. Vegetarianism is not associated with more healthful sleep patterns, per se. Lowering the intake of protein hurts sleep quality. Moreover, the consumption of certain types of foods which impact ...
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Does animal protein consumption cause inflammation?

The claims, like "meat, dairy, and eggs trigger an inflammatory reaction inside the body" arise from the studies in which they observed increased blood levels of "inflammatory markers," like C-...
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Are live monkey brains a traditional cuisine?

In the book "Who Needs a Road?: The Story of the Longest and Last Motor Journey Around the World by Harold Stephens and Albert Podell" the authors eats monkey brain in a restaurant in Hong Kong in ...
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Does eating meat increase testosterone levels?

What about study in more recent years? This study published in the year 2000 says that the vegans have 13% higher testosterone concentration than meat eaters and 8% more than vegetarians. Hormones ...
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Yes, it does increase the risk for chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases. Red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of total, cardiovascular disease, and cancer ...
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Question: Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease? My answer: Consumption of red meat was associated with increased risk of heart disease in some, but not all, studies, which suggests that ...
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Have greenhouse gas emissions from Australian red meat production fallen nearly 60% since 2005?

The MLA report mentions CSIRO, which, per Wikipedia, stands for "The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation [...]" and is "an Australian Government agency ...
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Does this picture depict the conditions at a veal farm?

It seems there have been an exchange of the order of magnitudes of times, to get attention via social sharing. Anyhow: Yes, these outdoors crates are intended for calfs; This paper mentions that (in ...
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Does this picture depict the conditions at a veal farm?

The internet makes it fairly easy to find a site that sells calf hutches. For example, this site sells hutches, buddy hutches (for pairs of calfs) and group hutches. You can check out the dimensions:...
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Has the lifespan of farmed animals decreased?

Tl;dr, artificially, yes. Farm animal lifespans have decreased. Naturally? I doubt it. The average lifespan of a cow is usually 15-20 years (Cow Longevity Conference, 2013), though a website that ...
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Does vegetarianism save animals?

It's all supply and demand really. If the demand is reduced, prices will fall in order for the excessive stock to be reduced. In the long term though prices can not fall lower than the cost of ...
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