11/12/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
London – A new study suggests a healthy diet may not make for a healthy economy. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), researchers found that the widespread adoption of a healthier diet may have a negative impact on the economies of some developing nations. For example the adoption of a vegetarian diet in Brazil could cost the country’s economy, in which the meat industry is highly profitable, the equivalent of an estimated $815.
Richard Smith, a professor of health system economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which paid for the study, is quoted by the AP as stating of the findings, “We are not suggesting people not eat a healthy diet… We’re just trying to point out that healthier eating can have unintended consequences.”
More information about the study may be available in the Lancet medical journal.
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