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Processing the Risks of Red Meat


Recently, the World Health Organization identified processed meat such as bacon and hot dogs as carcinogens, and cast doubt on the consumption of regular red meat as well. But champions of meat say the warnings are misleading, exaggerated, and a steak dinner can still be enjoyed. We cut deeper into the issue, exploring the pros and cons of meat for health.


  • Dr. Frederick Lansigan – Doctor of Hematology-Oncology and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
  • Dr. Joanne Burke  – Thomas W. Haas Professor in Sustainable Food Systems at UNH, as well as the Director of the UNH Dietetic Internship Program
  • Lorraine Merrill – Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food for New Hampshire


  • Eric Mittenthal, vice president of public affairs at the North American Meat Institute
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