: I don't really believe that McDonalds is the best of companies. You can eat healthy there, but the most don't.
: // Lars
: McSpotlight: It *is* fair to say that the jury is still out, Lars; it is, however, also true to say that the evidence is growing ever stronger that excessive consumption of meat can cause illness; both sides can wheel out any number of experts.
: A quote from the Appeal judgement might be germane here;
"...The Appeal Court also stated that it had 'considerable sympathy' with the defendants' submissions that the leaflet meant 'that there is a respectable (not cranky) body of medical opinion which links a junk food diet with a risk of cancer and heart disease', that 'this link was accepted both in literature published by McDonald's themselves and by one or more of McDonald's own experts and in medical publications of high repute', and that therefore 'that should have been an end of this part of the case' [p169]. However they ruled that their hands were tied by a procedural technicality so the appeal didn't succeed regarding the 'cancer' issue.[p170-2]."
: - in other words, the original leaflet was reasonable enough in what it said to be provable in a court of law.
"...McDonald's promote their food as 'nutritious', but the reality is that it is junk food - high in fat, sugar and salt, and low in fibre and vitamins. A diet of this type is linked with a greater risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other diseases."
: - the jury is not still out on this one as far as the case in concerned; it has been proven to the satisfaction of the law.
Even if, like Lars, one chooses to dispute the volumes of evidence concerning the health risks of meat and the environmental consequences of meat production, and even if one ignores the cruelty to animals in factory farms, there is one thing not even the staunchest meat eater can deny: animals are killed for meat. A healthy alternative exists, vegetarianism, so even if one ignores everything else, one cannot get around the fact that when one eats meat, one is consciously choosing to kill animals unnecessarily.
Add in everything else discussed on this and countless related websites, and I find it difficult, if not impossible, to justify eating meat.