I eat quite a bit of pork. Bacon, chops, loins, etc. However, I buy all my pork from local producers.
You are right that pork production isn’t what it used to be, and that’s not a good thing. Industrial pork production is one of the most environmentally destructive and inhumane agricultural practices. The pigs are bred to be lean (which is the stupidest fucking thing I’ve ever heard, what’s the point of lean pork?), and for industrial uniformity, certainly not for flavor. I really can’t even eat conventional pork anymore because it is just plain nasty tasting.
But pigs who are raised on pasture, and who can root around (and hopefully find acorns), man they are mighty tasty…
LoL I agree they are tasty. An you cant live with in 5 miles of a hog farm and not smell it so I also know what you mean there. But i could care less how humane it is…im going to eat it so itll have to die either way. Plus i have seen how ppl clean a quarter hogs on the farm and it ant pretty.
But what i really want to know is why no one ever talks about it compared to Beef, chicken, ect…?
When I say inhumane, I’m talking about quality of life of the animals, which as you can imagine is pretty horrendous since they are stuffed in buildings and kept alive with antibiotics, as well as the quality of life of the workers who have to breathe the toxic air, and the people who live near the facilities who have respiratory problems and can’t leave their houses most days. I realize we have to kill the animals in order to eat them, and I am also okay with that, as long as the animals were raised according to the tenets of animal husbandry, as opposed to those of industrial economics.
If you want to be cavalier about it, that’s your prerogative, but at least be aware that by buying conventional pork you are supporting a very destructive industry.
As for the nutritional question, I think the reason that pork is still vilified, or at least only encouraged “in moderation” whatever the fuck that means, is that nutritional thinking is still incredibly dogmatic. Pork was labeled as unhealthy many years ago due to the whole saturated fat-cholesterol myth that people accepted as gospel. And once something is labeled as fatty or is associated with cholesterol, then even to this day it will be shunned by nutritionists. It’s sad, but it’s a good reminder that you have to be careful with nutritional advice, as most of it is complete garbage. I mean, look at chicken breasts. They are supposed to be the ultimate muscle-building healthy meat, but they are utter shite. They are bland, dry, and flavorless. But god forbid someone tell health-conscious people to eat fatty meat like beef or pork…
As you said, pork is a high protein meat, and the fat profile (of real pork, not factory pork) is well-balanced. Oh, and it tastes fucking great. It should certainly be a part of a muscle-building diet.[/quote]
Great answer. and again I agree with you about the hog farming. Half my family is from Mt. Olive and the other hafe is from Newton Grove and they are counrty as shit. So I know how it all works but dnot have the time or want to go into a disscution like this here. But again great answer thanks alot