People commonly associate pastured animals with chickens and their eggs but pastured pork has gained recently gained attention among consumers mainly because of its positive environmental impacts. People condemn animal cruelty in pig farms where sows were abused while being pregnant with piglets. Unethical practices such as the clipping of pigtails and teeth among piglets have raised moral concerns over the years.
Consumers have been shifting to greener lifestyles and eating meat raised with sustainable practices is becoming a top choice. The appeal of pastured pork comes from the healthy and happy lifestyles that pigs are being accustomed to, roaming grassy fields, breathing fresh air, and drinking flowing water to nourish and fatten themselves. Pastured pork fed with organically farmed corn and naturally fertilized grass gives the meat a richer and more natural flavor. Some people prefer this meatier flavor compared to the almost tasteless and sometimes tough texture of traditionally and commercially farmed pork.
Pastured Pork Trivia
- When uncontrolled and abused, pig farming can have one of the greatest environmental impacts in natural environments. Toxic feces and other natural waste impact air and water pollution in the surrounding areas.
- Agricultural scientists have been exploring how to convert pig manure into renewable natural gas as a power source.
- The “Perfect Pig Company” is located in France. The farm breeds both common and rare pig breeds such as Berkshires, Mangalitsa, Tamworth, Gloucester, Old Spots, Middlewhites, and Oxford Sandy and Blacks.