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10:38 AM on 02/12/2012
Towards the end of his farming career, my father transitioned into hog confinement buildings. GROSS!

They are fed feed that is already laced with antibiotics, and if enough pigs in one building get sick, you start antibiotics in the water that goes to the whole building.

There is a lot of money to be made by the pharmaceutical companies by the heavy usage of antibiotics.
08:37 AM on 02/12/2012
This is great. Glad to see that this is actually doable. But, is it possible for everyone?....No, given the huge market demand for pork products. Looking at the demand may help regulators come up with a clear idea for how farmers can implement organic methods with out the market sacrificing whatever pork products they need. And pay the prices they can pay for them. (Meat is too expensive for us in general, never mind the expensive organic stuff). Again, who is using and eating all these piggies? Is there something else we could be using other than "pork bellies" (I shudder to think what those are).
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SusanElizabeth1949
My micro-bio may be empty but my head isn't.
09:41 AM on 02/12/2012
If I remember it correctly it is the part of the pig that becomes bacon.
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FaunaAndFlora
Daughter of Pan
01:09 AM on 02/13/2012
Yep, although I've had bacon made from cheek meat too. ;-)
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Parkite
Still haven't found what I'm looking for
01:56 PM on 02/12/2012
Did you miss the part where he (1) loses fewer animals than in conventional CAFOs and (2) his pigs are healthier and he saves $16k a year by not using antibiotics. More pigs, lower cost. Sounds more profitable than CAFOs.
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Jude Arsenault
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08:12 AM on 02/12/2012
pigs are sentient being lwith the mids of three year old children and are similar to dogs.pig farming is CRUEL and environmentally destructive! pork is bad for human health,it is full of saturated fat and contains zero dietary fiber.it is too acidic for the human body. http://www.animalequality.net/undercover-investigation-exposes-harlingfarm why are humans still living like cromagnons!! EVOLVE!!
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C Sparkman
Not your grandmother's unicorn
08:41 AM on 02/12/2012
Pork is safe if you marinate it in vinegar for a day or two. But I'd stick to natural pork from someone you know.

Did you hear about the racoon slaughter going on in Japan?

I thought racoons were sentient beings!

Housefly, sentient - racoon, no. That said, rice-fed racoon...yummmmm.
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Jude Arsenault
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08:57 AM on 02/12/2012
i don't believe in harming any sentient being.eating and exploiting animals is a cruel and selfish preference,nothing more and it is extremely destructive. speciesism-racism=sexism.
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FaunaAndFlora
Daughter of Pan
01:14 AM on 02/13/2012
Methinks you need to look up the definition of sentience. There's a fair amount of evidence that plants and bacteria are "sentient beings" too. For what it's worth, you should also catch up on the science concerning saturated fat and dietary fiber. There is no evidence that saturated fat is bad for you or that dietary fiber has any benefits. Indeed, there is a fair amount of evidence that suggests we should eat more like Cro-magnons.
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Jude Arsenault
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06:57 AM on 02/13/2012
if you think cutting an apple and stabbing a cat are the same then you are in need of serious help and you are a danger to the world.
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Jude Arsenault
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06:58 AM on 02/13/2012
and your knowledge of nutrition and reality is pitiful.you do not think at all.
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mudshark12
Now who are you jiving with that cosmik debris?
01:02 AM on 02/12/2012
Kudos to Russ Cramer for making the RIGHT decision, if only other hog farmers would follow his lead.
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plantbasedpunk
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11:14 AM on 02/13/2012
The RIGHT decision would be to stop exploiting sentient beings just because they were born a different species than our own.
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mudshark12
Now who are you jiving with that cosmik debris?
11:21 PM on 02/13/2012
But I like bacon too much!
Genders
Love, Tolerance, Enlightenment
10:18 PM on 02/11/2012
Feed animals should never be given antibiotics that are effective on humans. Ever.

Pigs should not be farmed at all, since by eliminating that we can eliminate the incidence of swine flu pandemics.

Pork is bad for you anyway.

Pork poo is the nastiest stuff around.

Just stop it.
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Jude Arsenault
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08:38 AM on 02/12/2012
i want to fan you but the fan button has not been working for a while now.anyway,love your comment!!
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C Sparkman
Not your grandmother's unicorn
08:48 AM on 02/12/2012
Well then am I supposed to feed the excess spinal fluid to the chickens?
Genders
Love, Tolerance, Enlightenment
02:56 PM on 02/12/2012
Never ;)
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10:06 PM on 02/11/2012
Its all in the message
not the medium.

S O M E P I G.

It is ridiculous that we can't just build fences and clean pens.
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Robert Lee Harrington
I'd Love To Change The World..
09:49 PM on 02/11/2012
STOP EATING PIGS
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Inkosi
The gods themselves rage against stupidity
10:16 AM on 02/13/2012
Pig skin as been used in transplants for humans.