Where Does Pork Come From?
America’s pig farmers recognize that consumers have a growing interest in understanding where pork comes from and how it is produced. Transparency and visible actions show people how pork is brought to market. It helps consumers appreciate the process and care that goes into bringing food to their tables. Raising pigs is a complex process that requires the involvement, oversight and dedication of many people in the food supply chain. From farmers and meatpackers to government agencies and supermarket outlets, everyone at every step in the food supply chain must work together to ensure the safety and quality of products in the marketplace.
We are the voice for a range of people who raise pigs for food: small-scale farmers, large-scale farmers, those who specialize in raising certain hog breeds and farmers who focus on using particular practices to raise pork to serve niche markets. This diversity benefits pork consumers because there are more product choices today than ever before. These different approaches to pig farming also can yield new, improved ideas that can be shared among people throughout agriculture. Our customers can count on the pork industry to continue to share and to learn as we provide many choices for pork consumers here and abroad.
Addressing common misconceptions
The disconnect between farmers and those outside of the agriculture industry has given rise to many misconceptions about how pork is produced in the United States. Pig farmers are eager to explain how we care for our animals, the environment and community well-being.
In recent years, buzzwords such as “factory farming” and discussions about issues such as antibiotics in agriculture have tried to cast pig farming in a negative light. Farmers want to set the record straight. We encourage anyone who has questions about how pork is produced to seek information from people who are directly involved in farming.
Dr. Yancey uses her background as a meat scientist to help other moms feel more knowledgeable about the meat they feed their families.
Cristen is a 6th generation farm girl with a passion for baking timeless recipes and sharing her love of the kitchen with others. Her husband works in the swine industry and they raise hogs in modern barns and have breeding stock that they show in smaller barns and outdoors.
Larry is a self-described “pig farmer” for the last 50 years, he raises corn and soybeans on a farm near Iowa Falls, Iowa. He is passionate about educating consumers regarding the food and produce on his family farm.