Happy National Pork Month!

Put away those jack-o’-lanterns and break out the bacon, because instead of celebrating the spooky side of October in this blog post, we’re going to talk about how this month is National Pork Month.

Some pork facts

Traditionally, pigs in Europe were slaughtered in fall and early winter, as the ensuing cold weather would help with preserving meat until Christmastime. Today, we use this time to celebrate not only pigs and pig meat, but also the farmers who work tirelessly to raise them, as well as the food processors who bring the nutritious meat to consumers.

Believe it or not, pork is the most widely consumed meat in the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, over 112 million tons of pig meat were consumed around the world in 2012. The most popular pork product, according to National Hog Farmer, is ham, followed by sausage, bacon, lunchmeat and pork chops.

This year’s celebrations

This year, pork organizations and industry leaders are reaffirming their commitment to the ethical principles established in the 2008 National Pork Industry Forum:

  • To produce safe food
  • To promote animal well-being
  • To safeguard natural resources and protect the environment
  • To protect public health beyond food safety
  • To take care of employees
  • To improve the communities in which they operate

“If you eat, you have a connection to a farmer,” said Curtis Meier, president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. “Pork Month is an opportunity to reestablish that producer-to-consumer relationship. Our mission is to produce safe, nutritious food in a responsible manner, and we need to share how we do that with consumers.”

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