Welcome to Pork Checkoff's home of the Pig Production Environmental Footprint Calculator and related resources.
The National Pork Board’s environmental footprint project is comprehensive with multiple phases. Since June 2008, the National Pork Board has been working on a specific plan to assess and better understand the pork industry’s carbon footprint. The Checkoff-funded research has completed:
- A review of available literature and information related to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from pork production.
- A summary or “scan level” life-cycle assessment of energy use and emissions across the entire pork chain, including feed crop production, feed formulation, swine production, transportation, meat processing and retail components.
- A detailed, in-depth life-cycle assessment of the on-farm animal production component covering all aspects of raising the animals, including manure-management practices.
- A producer-friendly software tool called the Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator. It calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in sow and grow-finish production, which can help producers identify areas for potential improved efficiency.
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