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The Green Life: Putting the "Reality" Into Reality TV

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March 15, 2007

Putting the "Reality" Into Reality TV

Aspiring Rolling Stone reporters tackled four of "America's eco-disasters" for the MTV reality show "I'm From Rolling Stone." San Francisco hip-hop fan Krishtine de Leon's assignment brought her to Kentucky, where Sierra Club activists Lee and Aloma Dew took her on a "Tour de Stench" of Tyson's mammoth chicken houses and introduced her to the people who have to live with the pollution (and foul odor) these factory farms create.

Rs2"Can you imagine living right next door to a huge compound with 50,000 chickens and these huge exhaust fans that blow urine dust at you all day?" de Leon says of her experience in the March 8 issue of Rolling Stone, which features an exposé on Smithfield Foods, the nation's top hog producer. "I got to see how brave these people were to take a stand and to be willing to make sacrifices to change things."

Other contestants reported on environmental violations by Koch Industries and Asarco in Texas and the lasting legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska. Check out the final episode on Sunday night at 11 p.m. (EDST) to see which one lands the coveted gig.

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