Did you know that all farmers must learn about and abide by a host of federal and state environmental regulations? Pig farmers are no different. They use research to understand and address the impact that large amounts of manure and using land to raise pigs can have on:
• Groundwater and surface water
• Air quality
• Animal manure management
• Land and soil quality
• Land use
Farmers are using all this research and the regulations they must abide by to fuel creative solutions to environmental concerns and to keep growing more pigs to feed more people.
American pig farmers are working hard to understand their carbon footprint and watching for opportunities to raise our food smarter. According to the EPA, only 2.8 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in 2007 came from animal agriculture. Of that percentage, pig farming contributes just a little more than one-third of 1 percent (0.35 percent) of total U.S. GHG emissions.
Right now, a tool is in development to help pig farmers better understand air emissions from their farms and how they can make improvements.
Most of the water used on pig farms is either to irrigate the crops the pigs will eat (90%). The rest of the water is used to give the pigs something to drink. The best way farmers are looking to get more control over that water use is to use science and technology to evaluate animal drinking systems. If we can water our pigs better, we can waste less.
Improvements to our farming methods are the name of the game and we are always trying to do better and trying to find small (and big!) ways to change the way we raise pigs to make less of an impact on our earth.
Thanks to https://www.pork.org/ for this important information on pig farming!