News

Mother Jones Predicts Wave of Meat Industry Propaganda

Magazine exposes plans to position banned drug ractopamine as a necessity for alleviating world hunger.

According to Mother Jones, Elanco president Jeff Simmons has been advocating the use of ractopamine—a growth drug banned in 160 countries that mimics stress hormones and causes animals to be more vulnerable to heat—as an innovative and efficient solution for increasing meat, egg, and dairy production by 60 percent. The issue, the publication says, is that Simmons also heads ENOUGH Movement, an organization that claims to be concerned with creating enough food for the world by 2050. Elanco is the “animal-health” arm of Eli Lilly, the pharmaceutical company that produces ractopamine, meaning he and his company stand to profit greatly from ractopamine’s useage. Advocating for the drug during ENOUGH Movement speaking engagements, Simmons claims ractopamine will lead to a “food-secure world” by 2050. Given these deceptive practices, Mother Jones warns that “we're on the verge of a loud campaign by the meat industry, particularly its pharma sector, to portray its critics as a privileged fringe, untroubled by global hunger.”

More News

Ben & Jerry's Hosts Vegan Ice Cream Parties Across US

The iconic ice cream brand is scooping its dairy-free flavors in Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and beyond.
Read More »

Groundbreaking Vegan Film Dominion Announces US Debut

The film—regarded as Australia's version of influential vegan documentary Earthlings—will be screened at the upcoming Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles this summer.
Read More »

Avengers Star Benedict Cumberbatch Goes Vegan

The British actor discussed his commitment to veganism in interviews promoting the new Avengers: Infinity War film.
Read More »

Dubai Dairy Brand Launches Vegan Milk Line

Koita Foods, which distributes its dairy products to the Ritz Carlton hotel, will now offer a dairy-free line made with almonds, oats, soy, and rice.
Read More »

Vegan Fish Steaks Launch at 150 British Pubs

Fish Steaks made by VBites—a vegan brand founded by vegan athlete Heather Mills in 1993—are now on the menu as vegan Fish and Chips at Greene King Flaming Grill.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »