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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.