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- Gagged by Big Ag
- Hidden cameras have been exposing horrific conditions at factory farms. Big Meat’s solution? Throw whistleblowers in jail.
- Pardon Our Humblebragging
So many honors, so little shelf space
- Merchants of Meth
With big profits on the line, the drug industry is pulling out campaign-style dirty tricks to keep selling the meds that cooks turn into crank.
- Happy Microbes, Skinny Jeans
The trillions of bacteria inside you could be the key to everything from defeating allergies to losing weight.
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Food + Health
- Dial "L" for Landfill
- Making it harder to unlock your device works out great for phone companies. Not so much for the planet.
- Sows in Solitary
- Imagine spending your entire pregnancy in an airline coach seat. That’s what we do with breeding sows.
Cover illustration by Tim O’Brien
Up to four government minders at once shadowed 1 Kate Sheppard ("Under Water"), while she reported on sea level rise in Vietnam; after Hurricane Sandy, illustrator Yuko Shimizu hosted friends who had lost power in her New York City apartment.
2 Jonah Engle ("Merchants of Meth"), has covered narcotics for Foreign Policy, WNYC, and Deutsche Welle; photographer 3 Stacy Kranitz spent much of the last three years camping and sleeping in Walmart parking lots while documenting Appalachia.
Nebraska’s own 4 Ted Genoways ("Gagged by Big Ag"), is at work on a book about the meat industry in the great recession; the art is by 5 Tim O’Brien, who has drawn 13 Mother Jones covers since 2003—including this issue’s.
6 Moises Velasquez-Manoff ("Happy Microbes, Skinny Jeans"), is the author of An Epidemic of Absence, a book exploring how bacteria and parasites affect health; his reporting has deepened his understanding of his own allergies, asthma, and alopecia.