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Pork Industry Releases New Sustainability Report
USAgNet - 01/15/2020

The pork industry released its new sustainability report, Commit and Improve: Pig Farmers' Approach to Sustainability, and updated website, porkcares.org. The report and website share firsthand accounts and data supporting pig farmers' progress toward sustainability through the We CareSM ethical principles.

"As pig farmers, we are committed to producing safe food, protecting the environment and caring for our pigs by following the six We Care ethical principles," said David Newman, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer representing Arkansas. "These new resources were developed to share relevant information and metrics and to lay a foundation for continuous improvement in the area of sustainability."

The new report demonstrates the progress pig farmers have made toward the We Care ethical principles of: Food Safety, Animal Well-Being, the Environment, Public Health, Our People and Communities Data for the report was gathered from governmental agencies, the pork industry's life cycle assessment and pig farmers from across the country.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pork production contributes just 0.46% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. More than 71,000 individuals are Pork Quality Assurance Plus certified, representing roughly 85% of U.S. pork production.

Meanwhile, more than 94% of pig farms keep detailed medical and treatment records, which shows pig farmers' commitment to responsible antibiotic use.

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