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Pork Production Environmental Footprint Calculator
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, water and land footprints.
With a rapidly growing population, the rise in efficiency of pork production is vital to making safe, nutritious food available to not only the U.S., but the entire world. More food will have to be produced in the next 50 years than the past 10,000 years combined.
In order to get from farm to fork, pigs require fresh water for things like feed, drinking and processing during the final stages of production. Sufficient land space is also needed not only for the animals to live, but to grow the crops they need to eat.