Today the Guardian newspaper has pointed out a serious issue with the NHS menus. The NHS have a blanket ban on all smoking as it is in the patients best interests, but meat is perfectly acceptable. It has been near a year since the World Health Organisation (WHO) released ground breaking paper stating that red and processed meat are as dangerous to our health, as any cigarettes. Read more.
The NHS allows fast food chains in its hospitals. Patient menus offer a wide selection of meats every day. And creamed potatoes, beef casserole and sweet chilli pork and rice are recommended “healthier choices”. Patients can tuck into disease-promoting animal flesh, but do not enjoy unrestricted hedonism. Meat eaters who enjoy a relaxing cigarette after dinner are prevented from doing so, apparently in their own and others’ best interests, thanks to a blanket ban on smoking.
We’ve all seen people putting money in animal charity collection boxes with one hand, while eating a beef burger with the other. But even staring absurdity in the face, most of us don’t notice a problem. We only see it once we’re ready to. Until then we flick it away: “pets are different”, “pigs are meant to be eaten”, “we have to have our iron”, “all farmed animals are treated well”, “you can slaughter animals humanely”, and so on. Read more.