September 30, 2010 in Agriculture, Business
Christien Meindertsma wondered what happened to the pig parts that don’t make it into the grocer’s freezer as pork. Long ago, people used all the parts of the animals they raised for food. She asked herself, “Do they still use all the parts?” And then she tracked one pig from the farm to the processor and through all the products he ended up in.
She wrote a book about her research, called Pig 05049, and divided the chapters by skin, bones, meat, internal organs, blood, fat, and miscellaneous. She lists the products derived from each body part.
It surprised me how many of these are in everyday products. Before the day even starts, she says, we use shampoo, conditioner, soap, face cream, lotion, toothpaste. Read More
Most of the critics of animal agriculture have no idea as to how important livestock are in our daily lives. Besides the obvious of providing us with physical nutrition, we use the co-products in everything from crayons to jet fuel. If we want to continue supporting our growing population on this planet then livestock will a pivotal role. There are those that think we should all become vegans. This is at best foolish and at worst dangerous to suggest.