Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Journalist Wins Pulitzer for Exposing Food System Flaws

Congratulations to Michael Moss, the New York Times reporter who just won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Moss wrote several articles last fall—many discussed here—about contaminated meat within our food system.

For those who haven’t read Moss’s work, try to carve out (pun intended) some time for “The Burger That Shattered Her Life.” According to The Times, “the day after Mr. Moss's article ran, Tom Vilsak, the Agriculture Secretary, said ‘the story we learned about over the weekend is unacceptable and tragic,’ and he launched a review of all department meat safety procedures.”

Other articles to be read include “E. Coli Outbreak Traced to Company That Halted Testing of Ground Beef Trimmings” and “Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned.”

Moss’s Pulitzer will only bring more attention to his articles and the subject matter. Hopefully our political leaders will act to limit the damage being done by the big food companies to our society.

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