Bacon-hating scolds treated with the respect they deserve
If you haven’t had any delicious crispy bacon yet this morning, grab a couple of slices and enjoy this news from the Wall Street Journal:
On Saturday, pork aficionados will meet up in Des Moines, Iowa, for the fifth annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, billed as America’s “premier” bacon celebration.
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…
The group had already sizzled up trouble in advance of the event, starting with a billboard that made graphic reference—with skull and crossbones—to the potential health risks of eating bacon…
Still, the anti-bacon campaign is proving to be an uphill battle. After canvassing the state, the doctors’ group has so far enlisted only six volunteers, and has been locked out of the event’s official schedule.
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This is for you, Dr. Barnard: