Last Sunday's Age carried two articles on red meat by Melinda Houston. The first concerned red meat as a health risk, the second concerned the environmental impacts of red meat and will have to wait for another day.

After a few paragraphs presenting evidence against red meat, Houston wheels out the defenders. And doesn't she have some heavy hitters! CSIRO Professor Peter Clifton, CEO of the Cancer Council, Professor Ian Olver, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition, Stewart Truswell and topped off with a Meat and Livestock (MLA) nutritionist Veronique Droulez. Houston quotes some statistical arguments from her stars and then throws in a nice little scare story about a well known music personality who ended up with gall stones, allegedly from a bad vegetarian diet.