The National Swine Inspection Service and Gene Editing Provide Opportunity to Modernize

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed New Swine Inspection Service (NSIS) is part of a continuous effort by the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to ensure a safe supply of wholesome American pork. A voluntary program supported by many years of research, NSIS aims to improve the inspection process by shifting FSIS employees’ responsibilities to focus on … Read More

Pork Producers Missing ‘Single Greatest Sales Opportunity’ in China Due to Trade Dispute

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“It has been estimated that China will lose more pork [as a result of African swine fever] than the United States produces.” That estimate is according to Dr. Dermot Hayes, an economist at Iowa State University. China is the largest consumer of pork in the world. However, its swine herd has been ravaged by ASF, significantly reducing domestic production and … Read More

HOW CAN THE U.S. GET GENE EDITING SO RIGHT FOR PLANTS AND SO WRONG FOR ANIMALS?

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HOTH was delighted to see the USDA’s announcement this week that they are taking a commonsense, pro-farmer approach to regulating gene editing in plants.   Pork producers are very excited about the potential offered by gene editing, and—at least for those who also grow crops—this means that precisely edited plants like corn and soybeans will soon be available that will be … Read More