The event, which sold out all 4,000 tickets in 25 minutes, offers something to make every swine lover swoon: unlimited bacon samples, a bacon-eating contest, educational lectures, a bacon-themed songwriting contest and crowning of a new bacon queen. Organizers plan to serve up about three tons of the fatty strips.
They’re also prepared for a bit of oinking from outsiders.
A group of vegetarian doctors has been skewering Iowans over the event for months. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says he wants to publicize the flip side of bacon.
He says the PCRM plans to hand out fliers with warnings about how bacon “rotting in your mouth” potentially has various health risks, including cancer and diabetes.
I am aware of zero scientific evidence that anyone has ever gotten diabetes from eating bacon. And this is great:
Growing up in Fargo, N.D. …Dr. Barnard chowed down on bacon.
Both his father and grandfather were cattle ranchers. His palate changed, though, when he went off to Washington, D.C., for medical school.
A pathologist told Dr. Barnard, then 22 years old, to unlock a morgue freezer, pull out a body and help him examine the patient, dead from a heart attack.
The patient’s arteries were “hard as a rock,” Dr. Barnard recalls. The pathologist replied: “There’s your bacon and eggs, Neal.”
Soon, the medical student began to leave his carnivorous ways behind.
Primitive thinking like this is how ignorance is propagated. “You are what you eat.” “Big chief make crops grow.”
And we’re supposed to rely on these people for nutritional advice? And then let them force-feed our kids awful meals?
Hey, if you have ethical problems with eating animals, then be a vegan, but don’t delude yourself that it’s healthy, or that even if is for you that it will be for others. Now I’m curious as to what his cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels are.