Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Drip by drip...

Like erosion from a small trickle of water, our modern western diet is slowly being disassembled by incremental research showing its effects on our bodies. While this one is still a guess, the fear of Alzheimer's is so pronounced and growing it could trigger a stronger consumer reaction that some new evidence of dietary problems has recently.
A team of Université Laval researchers has shown that the main neurological markers for Alzheimer's disease are exacerbated in the brains of mice fed a diet rich in animal fat and poor in omega-3s. Details of the study—which suggests that diets typical of most industrialized countries promote the development of Alzheimer's—are outlined in the latest online edition of Neurobiology of Aging.

To demonstrate this, the team led by Frédéric Calon used a type of transgenic mice that produce two proteins found in the brains of Alzheimer patients—tau proteins, which prevent proper neuron functioning, and amyloid-beta, associated with the formation of senile plaques within the brains of afflicted patients. [More]
I'm not suggesting we'll all go vegan, but I do think we have seen the peak for meat consumption in Western nations.  In other words, any market size growth will occur in developing nations.

So what are we going to do about better trade relations with the world?

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