Pork Priorities Await Congress This Fall

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The halls of Capitol Hill are quiet right now, as lawmakers have returned to their districts for the August recess. However, in just a few weeks, our elected officials will be back in Washington, D.C., to tackle a slew of topics this fall. NPPC has a number of pressing issues we’d like Congress to address and wanted to highlight for … Read More

Remaining Vigilant To Ensure African Swine Fever Remains Outside U.S.

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We have reached an auspicious anniversary—it’s been one year since African swine fever (ASF) was reported in China’s swine herd. It has been estimated that the number of sows China has lost to ASF is more than the entire U.S. sow herd. While this deadly disease–affecting only pigs and with no human health or food safety risks–has thankfully not made … Read More

‘An Appreciation for All Things Swine’

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As my summer communications internship with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) draws to a close, I’ve come to deeply appreciate the perspectives on the pork industry I’ve acquired while in DC. As a student at Iowa State University, I’ve spent the previous two years in close proximity to hog production, celebrating pork through ISU’s Bacon Expo, and various Block … Read More

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

WAPO Gets it Wrong on Pork Inspection

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HOTH was disappointed to read a Washington Post story this week on a new pork inspection system under USDA consideration. The new system, one that has been tested and scrutinized for years, is designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the federal inspection process and to provide more flexibility for adopting new food-safety technologies. Dr. Dan Kovich, NPPC director of … Read More

Agriculture is the Solution, Not the Problem

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The recently released EAT Lancet report outlines a worldwide call-to-action boasting “Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems,” while offering no truly sustainable options. The report was called “dubious” and “irresponsible,” and HOTH agrees. Driven in large part by European organizations, the report lacked a foundation in sound science and reflects a growing disconnect between the United States and Europe on … Read More

Pork Purchases Help American Farmers, Needy

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The Washington Post started the New Year off with a misinformed bang with this headline: “Trump farm bailout money will go to Brazilian-owned meatpacking firm, USDA says.” HOTH takes issue with the paper’s characterization of USDA’s purchases of pork as bailouts and with its criticism of meatpacker JBS. Every year, the Agriculture Department buys farm commodities for various food-assistance programs. … Read More

#PUTBACONONIT!

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Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), a Berkeley, Calif.-based group that works for “total animal liberation” and “species equality,” this Friday is set to protest at The Spotted Pig, a New York City restaurant that “celebrates all things pork.” As part of its demonstration, members will take to Twitter, using the hashtags HumanePorkIsALie and ItsNotFoodItsViolence. HOTH suggests a polite reply: #PutBaconOnIt! DxE has conducted a … Read More