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MRSA MRSA me: Getting the facts about the superbug in pork

Confused about the latest science on antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria found in grocery-store pork? So were we, until we spoke to expert Maryn McKenna.

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Chicken farm crates are basically never cleaned

If a bite of food falls on the ground, often we pick it up and eat it. Five second rule, right? But if it falls in something gross or we haven’t cleaned the floor in awhile, we don’t eat it. …


New food reporting project dives deep into pork drug

A new report on the use of a growth-promoting drug in pork production -- and its impact on international trade -- is just the tip of the iceberg for the Food and Environment Reporting Network.


Can healthy food come from unhealthy workers?

From cramped, unclean housing to a lack of paid sick days, more and more evidence is linking poor treatment of workers in the food chain to unsafe food.

Protein Angst

Deep impact: The toll your protein takes on the Earth

As part of our ongoing protein series, we take a broad look at the environmental impact of some of the most high-protein foods.


‘Antibiotic-free’ pork has the same rate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

We really do try to Pollan it up and do the whole “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” bit. But “mostly plants” obviously means “sometimes bacon.” And maybe the farmers’ market wasn’t open, so we bought that bacon at …


Meating halfway: Americans opt for less

The good news: Americans are consuming less meat. The bad news: The meat industry is still a terrible place to work.

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FDA regulates 0.3 percent of antibiotics in livestock

So if you were the FDA, and you wanted to regulate the feeding of antibiotics to livestock -- which you don't, but bear with me -- there would be a couple of ways you could go. You could regulate the …

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Will the Butterball raid yield any real results?

If turkey were beer, Butterball would have the brand power of Budweiser, Miller, and Coors combined. From six plants, the company produces 1 billion pounds of turkey each year and exports the meat to over 50 countries. Given this dominance, …