If you ask any Iowa hog producers about their operations and sustainability, they will gladly tell you what they are working on to be good stewards of the environment. Today is Earth Day, and the National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff say that sustainability is not just important for today, but every day.
According to Brett Kaysen, Vice President of Sustainability with the National Pork Board, sustainability has been at the heart of all the great industry innovations of the past 50 years. He is very excited about the latest improvements coming down the pipeline for greenhouse gas reduction, and for pork production and the food chain.
Kaysen says that the improvements have been coming all along the pork supply chain. From feedstocks such as corn and soybeans, all the way to conservation practices in fields; they are sending a positive message on the teamwork it takes to reduce their environmental footprint.
Kaysen says that there is really not much more to say about sustainability improvements, other than to just look at the numbers. The numbers don’t lie.
There are tools available for farmers at www.porkcheckoff.org to help measure, monitor, and report farm sustainability improvements. If there are consumers who wish to better understand the efforts of America’s pork producers to improve sustainability, they can visit www.porkcares.com.