Good and bad news

“The strong warnings against salt and cholesterol are not well supported by evidence. . .The warnings against red meat are louder and more forceful than they need to be . . . we’ve actually been reducing our red meat consumption for the last decade or so. This hasn’t resulted in a decrease in obesityrates or deaths from cardiovascular disease.”  New York Times

Red meat is not the enemy < click there to read the whole thing. It is an article from the New York Times. (It is written by someone from Indiana so right there I am suspicious on many levels.) But what is says basically is: All things in moderation.

Of course, disease is not the only reason we have to think about our meat consumption, there’s also this:

“For instance, on a per-kilogram basis, beef is associated with more than twice the carbon emissions of pork, nearly three times that of turkey and almost four times that of chicken, according to the Environmental Working Group.”  New York Times

And carbon emissions are not the only problem, animal waste that seeps down the Mississippi has caused an enormous dead zone in the Gulf of Mexicothe size of Connecticut.

I wish I didn’t have to think about this. On the one hand I don’t eat a lot of beef and when I do I try to make it organic blah blah blah. But this isn’t about organic it doesn’t seem to me. (And the proper treatment of animals is a completely different issue that concerns me even more than whether or not it’s organic) What I’d like here are guidelines. How often can I eat beef? What’s good? Once a week? Once a month? If I don’t eat any meat for 3 days can I eat beef the other days? What about cheese? Wine? Isn’t there a carbon footprint for those too? 

I’m relatively good at following rules. I need some. The problem is that I don’t think I will be happy with whatever those rules turn out to be.