26 Jan '12, 12pm

New food reporting project dives deep into pork and antibiotics

New food reporting project dives deep into pork and antibiotics

On Wednesday, thanks to a collaboration with a new nonprofit news organization called the Food and Environment Reporting Network , MSNBC ran an in-depth report on ractopamine hydrochloride, a drug commonly used in pigs and known on the market as Paylean. The story is important for two reasons. First, it has the potential to widen the public’s understanding of a powerful, overused drug, and to help us dig down into what it really means when we hear about the use of growth-promoting drugs in meat. Second, it’s the mark of a new voice in food journalism — one that’s well worth paying attention to if you’re interested the intersection of food and the environment. Lean pigs, creepy residue? Why do livestock producers use ractopamine? Because it “promotes leanness” in pigs. According to the article’s author, Helena Bottemiller, when they are fed the drug in the finishing stage o...

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