A new study from Harvard links red meat consumption to health problems and higher mortality. Although the negative health stuff has been known for some time, this study is more authoritative in terms of large sample and long study period. Also it seems to quantify things in such a way that we can get a somewhat legitimate calculation for the life years lost cost of meat eating. For red meat lovers the results are very discouraging.
WSJ source for red meat stats: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304636404577297802304647434.html
I extended that to a per hamburger health cost and got 39 years x 365 burger days = 14,235 burgers cost you a year of life, or 8760 hours of life. Thus a single burger costs us 37 minutes of life.
Obviously this measure has a lot of technical flaws, but in general terms I think it should reflect a “real” measure of red meat risk, a risk I’m thinking I’ll be reducing starting right away.