Updated October 27, 2:40 p.m. pdt.
This story will be just about impossible for anyone to miss: Yesterday, the International Agency for Research on Cancer ("IARC"), an agency of the World Health Organization, which is itself an agency of the United Nations, announced a monograph declaring processed meats (e.g., bacon, hot dogs, etc.) to be a "Group 1, Carcinogenic to Humans" carcinogen. This is the same level of carcinogenicity as asbestos and tobacco, which doesn't mean processed meats are as toxic as asbestos, only that the science is as strong. It also classified all red meats as "Group 2A, Probably carcinogenic to humans." The monograph isn't yet on the IARC web site, but it's press release and "FAQs" are.
More after the jump.