Why has pork been so heavily demonised?

Answered on December 21, 2016
Created July 25, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Everyone from mainstream religions to modern medical science seems to have it in for the humble swine, why? whats wrong with pork? 

I find this idea fairly strange considering its been one of the most prized and easily obtained sources of protein for indiginous cultures. Plus, its one of the only sources of red meat in populations with high preportions of centenarians and generally long lived peoples. Sardinians, Greeks, Okinawans, Cypriots and various peoples in south america adore the stuff and are living much longer than westerners, in fact a fair number of them reach past 90. I've travelled to many of these places and lived in one of them and seen for myself how healthy those who avoid western foods are in these places where pork is adored. Exxcept lamb and seafood it's one of the few meats they eat in abundance.

Pork must be healthy, right?

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on December 21, 2016
at 03:31 PM

It's important (at least in the US) to remember the power of the beef industry lobby - I think that's the source of some of the negativity surrounding pork (and vice-versa, actually).  And I remember from taking an animal disease class in college that part of the reason pork is suspected to carry persistent parasites is because back in the day, pork farmers would feed (this is really icky) dead pigs back to the live pigs, so if the dead pigs had, say, trichinosis, the parasite would be persistent in the population.  Yuck.  Health standards have definitely improved!!  That said, I rarely buy pork at the supermarket; we are fortunate to have a local, small-farm source where we buy a half pig and butcher it ourselves (the seller holds butcher classes - super fun date night!).  It's not only the best-tasting pork I've ever had, but we know exactly where it came from and what it's been eating. 



on December 12, 2016
at 11:46 PM

not clear. Two years ago, with my meat club (6 families), we bought one steer (about 1000 lbs) and one smaller pig (about 160 lbs). Both pastured. The pig produced more lard than the steer produced tallow. Pig skin cooked in various ways produce far more collagen than beef. When you consider that collagen and fat are the two primary macro-nutrients one obtains from meat, you have to admit that pork is the best meat there is. It is cheaper than beef too. Further, if you let pigs pasture together with cows they will eat cow manure, in the process getting huge amounts of vitamins and minerals, and contributing to the economy of the meat. The idea that pigs have parasites that survive cooking is complete baloney. To the contrary, people have gone to extraordinary lengths over the centuries to raise pigs. They are efficient, they produce the best fat, the best collagen, and their meat is comparable in nutrition to beef (although less nutritious).

Pigs are escape artists, they eat your smaller animals, and they ruin pastures and must be continuously rotated. so they are a pain, but as a nutritional package they are unmatched. I am not surprised that the two most longeve people in the world, Okinawans and Sardinians, use it as their main source of meat.


on December 12, 2016
at 10:39 PM

If you are not religious, or do not have a personal reason to not eat pork, then you should continue eating it. But you may be feeding the corportate farming agenda, unless you buy organic and responsibly farmed pork. 

Why not eat it? Who cares what others think.

Find a good source, and you may find a good product.

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