Simran Sethi: Greening the Other White Meat, Pork’s Impact on the Planet

Via Merete Mueller
on Sep 4, 2008
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I’ve heard that pigs are one of the smarter barnyard animals, and even know someone who kept a pig as a pet in their apartment—and who swore that little “Billy” was smarter and cleaner than a dog.

No matter what your views are on meat consumption, there’s no denying that the pork industry has a huge environmental impact. Though Americans consume less pork than we do chicken or beef, pigs create more waste than other factory farmed animals, and are injected with more hormones. 

Get the full scoop from Simran Sethi on The Huffington Post.

And never fear, pork lovers. Chipotle pioneered the free range pork movement and offers decent meat in their burritos. Small farms and ranches are another great resource for clean and humane meats. Your local farmers’ market is a great place to start. 


About Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal's print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, "TINY: A Story About Living Small", about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.


2 Responses to “Simran Sethi: Greening the Other White Meat, Pork’s Impact on the Planet”

  1. anna says:

    I love me a good pig sometimes, but I didn’t really think about all the implications. I will be more mindful, thanks Heather!

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