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Friday, July 24, 2009

Cancer Warning Labels on Hot Dogs?

FUNNY FRIDAYS: Is the Vegan Nonprofit Cancer Project Wasting Our Time?

July 24, 2009

I just found an interesting class-action lawsuit filed two days ago by the president Neal Barnard of the (Vegan) Nonprofit Cancer Project, against the following companies: Nathaniel's Famous Inc., Kraft's Food Inc.-owner of Oscar Mayer, Sara Lee Corp, Marathon Enterprises Inc., and ConAgra Foods Inc-owner of Hebrew National. The lawsuit claims that like the labels on tobacco products warning of the links to lung cancer, he argues that "processed meats are linked to colon cancer...and customers deserve the same information" and wants the labels to read, "Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer."

Not that hot dogs are all that healthy, but this sounds a bit fishy...a Vegan company suing the heavy hitters in the meat industry? OK and Americans spent some $3.4 billion last year buying hot dogs and sausages in the U.S. markets alone. Aren't we in a recession and food, period, is a solution for some who now go without because of whatever reason? Did you catch its name: it is a "nonprofit" agency! But somebody's money somewhere is being spent to fuel this lawsuit. Couldn't this money be used to fuel jobs that will feed, house and take care of people who are looking for just a hot dog to eat?
What are your thoughts? Should agencies like the (Vegan) Nonprofit Cancer Project, P.E.T.A. and others be allowed to waste resources while "calling-out" others who they accuse of doing the same?
It's just Mia and I'm curious.

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