WRONG: Vegetarian diet ‘weakens bones’

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


Why can’t the media report science correctly? According to this AFP story: “People who live on vegetarian diets have slightly weaker bones than their meat-eating counterparts.”

They could hardly misreport a scientific study more spectacularly. I mean, how hard is it to:

 

  • Assess the fact that differences in bone density (which the researcher himself deemed “clinically insignificant“) did not lead to any increase in the number of bone fractures?

The Australian news reported the story somewhat more accurately.

But this headline and misleading story have been virulently misreported today. And what is the effect but to reinforce meat-eating habitats that are bad for the health of individuals and for the health of our world?

Jeez.
 

Fact:

Mother Jones was founded as a nonprofit in 1976 because we knew corporations and the wealthy wouldn’t fund the type of hard-hitting journalism we set out to do.

Today, reader support makes up about two-thirds of our budget, allows us to dig deep on stories that matter, and lets us keep our reporting free for everyone. If you value what you get from Mother Jones, please join us with a tax-deductible donation so we can keep on doing the type of journalism that 2018 demands.

Donate Now
  • Julia Whitty is the environmental correspondent for Mother Jones. Her latest book is Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean. For more of her stories, click here.