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How U.S. Pig Farmers Are More Sustainable Than Ever


(Music) Today’s pig farmers embrace sustainability
like never before. New research from the University of Arkansas
shows that pig farmers are using less land, water and energy. From 1960 to 2015, continuous on-farm improvements
in nutrition, genetics and overall pig care have made a positive difference. Producing a pound of pork is now more efficient
and environmentally friendly, requiring 75.9 percent less land. That’s like reducing an 18-hole golf course
into a four-hole course! Pig farmers now use 25.1 percent less water. The average U.S. citizens would have to shower
almost 90 fewer times a year to save that much water. And pig farmers now use seven percent less
energy. The average American household would have
to quit using refrigerators to save that much energy. The net result is a 7.7 percent lower carbon
footprint, meaning America’s pig farmers really are helping protect the planet. Feedstuffs make up the biggest part of pork’s
sustainability footprint and the study shows how feed conversion, or the pounds of feed
needed for a pound of pork gain, has improved over the past 55 years. Today’s pigs need less than three pounds of
feed to produce one pound of pork, compared to 4.5 pounds of feed needed in 1960. That’s a 38 percent improvement in feed conversion,
even as market hog weight has grown from 200 pounds to 281. Healthier, more productive pigs and a smaller
environmental footprint. America’s pig farmers have made great strides
in sustainability over the years and will continue to do what’s best for people, pigs
and the planet.

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