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Pork: Good for the Planet

U.S. pork’s sustainability keeps improving

In the past six decades, pork production has improved by using1:

Data released by the Environmental Protection Agency in April 2021 attributes only 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to agriculture, of which the pork industry is responsible for about 4%. 2

Over the decades, America’s pig farmers have made dramatic improvements in how they raise pigs:

  • Enhanced protection from harsh weather and predators
  • Better genetics and animal care
  • Improved crops to better match animals’ needs

Effective measures combine to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and U.S. pork’s carbon footprint.

  • How crops are raised
  • How pigs are fed
  • How nutrients are recycled

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1A Retrospective Assessment of U.S. Pork Production: 1960 to 2015, Univ. of Arkansas, National Pork Board, 2018.
2United States Environmental Protection Agency. 2019. Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2019,
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