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Do Consumers Want Meat From Drugged Animals?

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Touch the Soil News #217 In a recent Bloomberg Business article, journalist Andrew Martin followed the trail of Jeff Simmons, President of Elanco. Elanco is in the business of creating and selling drugs for animals, some of which have come under attack by food activists and some scientists and regulators. Elanco had sales of $2.3 billion in 2014, which included sales of a drug called Ractopamine – used to speed up muscle growth in meat animals. The drug has been used in raising as many as 80 percent of U.S. hogs. Smithfield foods, which is the world’s largest hog producer has topped using the drug. The drug has been banned…

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