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Does the pork industry miss the point via @CalgaryHerald article today? – Deadly pig virus spurs Alberta Pork to organize farmer meetings

My friend Greg Spragg of Spragg's Meats - I call him the Pig Whisperer - he is kind & will only raise pastured, hormone and antibiotic free pigs

My friend Greg Spragg of Spragg’s Meats – I call him the Pig Whisperer – he is kind & will only raise pastured, hormone and antibiotic free pigs

Deadly pig virus spurs Alberta Pork to organize farmer meetings.

The United States has an epidemic of porcine diarrhea that has killed approximately three million piglets and cost that country $240 million dollars. I just finished reading this news in the article above by Amanda Stephenson. Stephenson’s piece also reports that Ontario has just seen its first outbreak of the virus and a spokesperson for Alberta Pork says that “the real question is, can we keep it out of the Prairies?”.

I think that question misses the point. I think the real question is not “can we keep it out of the Prairies?”; I think the real question is why did these animals get so devastatingly ill in the first place?

I suspect it has something to do with the industrialization of the hog industry but I’m not a farmer or a veterinarian. This crisis is just one more factor that has me and many consumers asking questions and wishing for greater transparency in our food systems. This post describes what I know about the current systems of how pork is raised and goes on to look at some small trends and ideas that might lead the way back to a healthier pork industry with hopefully healthier animals within that industry.

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Savour food – my list of Grass-finished beef ranchers in Alberta

Grass fed and FINISHED beef in Alberta - ready for their close-up photo - Karen Anderson

Grass fed and FINISHED beef in Alberta – ready for their close-up
photo – Karen Anderson

The nutritional benefits of pasture-raised and finished animals are outlined here.

Great cooking tips can be found here.

Grass fed and FINISHED beef producers in Alberta include the following ranchers:

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