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Changing Pigs' Diet Would Help Them and Planet

Food waste is piling up while the Amazon is plowed to grow food for pigs, says study

(Newser) - After farmers feeding raw and rotting meat to pigs caused a massive outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001, the European Union banned the use of swill—or human food waste—for feeding pigs, Modern Farmer reports. This has turned out to be a bad decision for both the environment and... More »

Man Caught Trying to Smuggle 450 Pork Tamales Into US

A delicious traditional treat, but banned nonetheless

(Newser) - The contraband was carefully wrapped in corn husks and concealed in the luggage of a traveler when authorities moved in for a tamale takedown at Los Angeles International Airport. The search by US Customs and Border Protection agents turned up 450 pork tamales individually packaged in plastic bags. "Although... More »

Group: Video Reveals Inhumane Treatment of Pigs

'This plant is the symbol of everything that is wrong with the meat industry'

(Newser) - "If the USDA is around, they could shut us down," a worker at one of the largest pork producers in the country can be heard saying in an undercover video released this week. The Washington Post reports the video was filmed by someone working for the animal rights... More »

Pork Off the Menu in All Federal Prisons

It wasn't that popular, Bureau of Prisons says

(Newser) - Life in federal prison now means life without bacon—or pork chops, or ham, or any other pork product. Pork was completely removed from the menu for all 206,000 federal prisoners with the beginning of the new fiscal year this month in a move that the Bureau of Prisons... More »

Did Pork Roll Company Fire Man for Farting?

His wife certainly seems to think so

(Newser) - An employee of one of New Jersey's top pork roll makers was fired for passing too much gas in the office, at least according to his wife, who's suing the company. Louann Clem claims her husband suffered serious consequences, including extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea, from gastric bypass... More »

Pork Trouble Doesn't Bode Well for Chipotle

Analyst wonders if chain can keep expanding and stay true to sustainability

(Newser) - Those looking for pork in their burrito at Chipotle in the near future might be out luck. The chain has suspended pork sales at a third of its 1,700 US restaurants over an unnamed supplier's treatment of pigs, reports MarketWatch . The issue is that the pigs didn't... More »

Beef: Meat Industry's Worst Eco-Offender

Raising cattle takes up 160 times as much land as plants, study finds

(Newser) - Think drive-thru cheeseburgers are cheap? Think again. What may be light on the wallet is heavy on the planet, according to a new study on the environmental costs per calorie of beef, pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs—which, combined, make up 96% of the calories Americans get via animal sources.... More »

Pig Virus Mysteriously Returns to Indiana Farm

More herd loss and soaring pork prices expected

(Newser) - Bad news for America’s hog belt: Reuters has reported confirmation of a second outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus , or PEDv, at an unnamed Indiana farm, dashing previous hopes that afflicted pigs develop immunity and are safe from being re-infected for at least a few years. This confirmed outbreak... More »

Diarrhea Virus Now Killing Pigs in 27 States

Virginia could be next

(Newser) - The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is becoming more of a, well, epidemic. Arizona has now become the 27th state to reveal that the disease has hits its hog farms (up from 22 states last month), and Virginia could soon be No. 28. That state has already seen positive samples of... More »

Why Americans Eat the Same Boring Meat Over and Over

Squirrel, rabbit, venison: It's what's never for dinner

(Newser) - Sure, Americans chow down on about 280 pounds of meat each per year, compared to the 181 pounds in your average developed country. But chances are those 280 pounds come from the same three or four meat-producing animals: Chicken, beef, pork, and maybe a little turkey. While North America has... More »

Pig Virus May Send Bacon Prices Soaring

'PED' expected to raise cost of pork in coming months

(Newser) - Bacon lovers, be warned. A fast-spreading pig virus could send pork prices to record highs in the US, reports the Wall Street Journal . The PED virus, short for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, has hit farms in 22 states so far. It's lethal only to young pigs, not humans, but... More »

New Virus Decimating US Pig Farms

Epidemic has killed off untold thousands of piglets

(Newser) - A plague from overseas is devastating American pig farmers already reeling from soaring feed prices. The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which first surfaced in Ohio last spring, has spread to 16 states this year and wiped out thousands of piglets, the New York Times reports. Farmers are scrambling to sanitize... More »

The Chinese Takeover of Smithfield Stinks—Literally

More pigs will produce more poop, basically

(Newser) - If regulators approve the sale of Smithfield Foods to a Chinese company, the US will soon be producing more pigs to feed China's growing appetite for all things porcine. And more pigs will produce more poop. Smithfield—America's (and the world's) largest producer of pork—already produced... More »

Pot Pigs: Farmer Pioneers Marijuana-Fed Pork

Seattle man finds tasty use for pot farm waste

(Newser) - Marijuana and bacon: together at last? A pig farmer in Washington state is making the most out of legalization by feeding stems, stalks, and leaves left over from pot-farming operations. He says the marijuana-fed pigs—which end up as bacon, sausages, and pulled pork—gain weight 20% faster than his... More »

Chinese Firm Gobbles Up Top US Pork Company

These days, China demands meat

(Newser) - In the biggest acquisitions ever of a US company by a Chinese one, Shuanghui International Holdings has agreed to buy Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest producer of pork. It's a fascinating purchase, and not just because of its huge size and the involvement of bacon. The deal... More »

Farmers Hired to Dispose of Sick Pigs Sold Them as Food

3 arrested in food scandal, but whereabouts of 44 tons of meat unknown

(Newser) - If you're in China and craving pork, probably best to hold off for a bit. Two farmers, along with a third suspect, were arrested for allegedly selling tainted pork in the country, and authorities are still looking for 44 tons of the stuff. The suspects got their hands on... More »

Now Ikea Has Elk Meat Problem

Chain yanks lasagna after another meat miscue is discovered

(Newser) - Maybe Ikea should just stick with furniture: First, its beef contained too much horse meat , and now its elk meat has too much pork. Ikea has pulled 17,000 packages of elk lasagna—you read that correctly—from stores across Europe because they contained about 1.6% pork, reports the... More »

Mark Sanford Ate Piglets From His Pork Protest

'Pork' and 'Barrel' used to fatten politician after all

(Newser) - Remember Pork and Barrel, the two piglets Mark Sanford brought to the South Carolina statehouse to protest pork barrel spending in 2004? Well, "unfortunately, they were barbecued," he told the groaning hosts at MSNBC's Morning Joe today when asked about the pigs' whereabouts, as picked up by... More »

Consumer Reports Finds Widespread Pork Threat

Study cites bacteria, antibiotic danger

(Newser) - Much of the US pork supply is tainted with dangerous bacteria, and the antibiotics given to pigs could be boosting drug-resistant germs, a Consumer Reports study finds. Some 69% of 198 tested pork samples contained bacteria called yersinia enterocolitica, which can cause fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Some 3% to... More »

John McCain Livid Over Popcorn Subsidy

Trying to kill pork project of strangely silent Nebraska senators

(Newser) - Nebraska's two senators have been quiet—you might even say sneaky—about inserting a provision to help popcorn growers into the new farm bill. Both are on the Agriculture Committee, and they slid a provision into the bill saying that the Agriculture secretary "may" consider revenue insurance subsidies... More »

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