Ractopamine: The Drug That’s In Your Meat

Wal-Mart’s announcement that it is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals shines a light on a practice that the meat industry would rather not discuss: the use of drugs on the meat that we eat.
80% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. are used on the animals we eat: injected into them, fed to them and many of the drugs are banned or restricted around the world.
As Wal-Mart steps into this issue, it brings to light one of the most controversial drugs in our food system: ractopamine.

FOOD FOR NAUGHT: 5 Reasons To Kick Factory Farmed Meats Off Your Plate

These days, just about everything is mass-produced, including our food, with large, factory-style farms churning out a seemingly endless supply of meat, chickens, eggs and dairy products. All that mass production equals abundance and lower prices, but if those factory-farmed products are eroding your health, is the savings really worth it? Not in my book. Here’s what’s really going on with mass-produced meats and why you should steer clear:

Arsenic and Rice

Since the FDA released their first analytical results of arsenic in rice mid-September, I have received a multitude of questions, even from my mother! And when my mom asks, I answer.

What is it?

Arsenic is a compound found naturally in rocks, soil, water and air. Thanks to agriculture and industry—that has been happily using arsenic since the 1950’s—it is released into the environment whether we like it or not (let’s call this unnatural). Arsenic has no taste or smell and is typically part of other chemical compounds that are divided into two groups: