Study: Eating Red Meat Is Slow Poison

Robert Benchley
Robert Benchley
A fuss-budget who wound up somehow at a party with Robert Benchley, the writer, deadpan film comedian and infamous lush — and father grandfather of Peter Benchley, author of Jaws — at the Garden of Allah Hotel on the Sunset Strip in the 1930s could not stop herself from scolding Benchley about his drinking. Those martinis he was consuming by bucket load, she told him, were nothing but “slow poison.”

‘That’s okay,” Benchley replied, “I’m in no hurry.”

Having enjoyed a meat-free diet for 35 years, I admit to some fuss-budget tendencies about this issue myself. Avoiding meat is healthier for our bodies and reduces karmic burdens on the spirit. Equally as important — if millions of us stopped eating meat, the reduction in waste and pollution related to raising livestock might just save the planet.

All that said, I have no hope that this new study from Harvard will change any minds: