Red meat and diabetes, the CSIRO diet link

It’s always interesting when a person changes their mind. Peter Clifton is a co-author of the biggest selling diet book in Australian history … The CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet. A diet built on research involving 200 grams of red meat per day. The book sold over a million copies and, wait for it, we still have an obesity epidemic.  In the research on which the best selling diet was based, the people on the high meat diet lost exactly the same amount of weight as the people on the control diet; which shouldn’t be surprising because both diets contained the same number of kilojoules.

But the CSIRO simply told the public the opposite, namely that people on the diet lost more weight …when they didn’t.  So it’s not surprising that a million copies of the diet hasn’t solved our obesity problems. The diet didn’t work and the CSIRO knew as much. What’s Clifton doing these days? He began a 2011 study with the words:

Meat protein is associated with an increase in
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Meat and dairy “heat tax” is obligatory

A recent study in one of the world’s top climate science journals recommended a substantial tax on meat and dairy products.

The lead author told The GuardianIt is clear that if we don’t do something about the emissions from our food system, we have no chance of limiting climate change below 2C.”

But still Australian politicians from across the political spectrum, including The Greens, continue to give Australia’s largest source of climate heat little to no attention.  The article points out that it isn’t only the climate that will benefit.

“In addition, measures to change diets away from emissions-intensive food commodities, such as meat and dairy, towards more plant-based diets are seen to offer great potential for reducing GHG emissions, and could be associated with additional co-benefits in terms of improvements in human health …”

The Adler Shotgun … the real issues

There’s been some serious press time devoted to the who-said-what-when aspects of the Adler shotgun controversy. But no space devoted to the bigger issue of shotguns in general and their use in killing and crippling animals. National AJP committee member Geoff Russell looks at the mechanics of killing and torturing animals with shotguns in a New Matilda article: The Adler Shotgun: The Carnage It Unleashes On Politicians Is The Least Of Its Downsides

Apology to Ray Hadley from the Animal Justice Party

Late last month we issued two press releases which criticised and questioned radio 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley.

In particular it was suggested that Mr Hadley had a financial stake in greyhound racing and an association with a person banned as a trainer.

We now know and acknowledge that Ray Hadley has had no interest in any greyhound for many years. He has no greyhounds nor any personal interest in the industry.

Our suggestions to the contrary were based on unreliable and wrong information and we expressly apologise for those errors and suggestions that his broadcasts were motivated by self-interest. We have already withdrawn all suggestions of any involvement by Mr Hadley in animal cruelty and corruption and again express our regret for those false assertions.

It is pleasing to note that although Mr Hadley opposes the total shutdown of the greyhound industry, he shares our abhorrence of the disgraceful conduct of some in that industry which has recently been exposed.