The National Pork Board is introducing Swine University at this week’s 2019 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami. The initiative, which includes a virtual tour of a pig farm and an introduction to the next generation of farmers, engages consumers and shares the sustainability story of today’s pig farming. Consumers also will learn about the health and nutritional value of pork, which is the most consumed protein in the world.
“Swine University gives us an opportunity to share what our pig farmers do every day to produce delicious, healthy and safe pork with influencers and consumers,” said Jose de Jesus, director of multicultural marketing at the National Pork Board. “With many of today’s consumers two to three generations removed from farming, it’s important to offer the unique opportunity to go inside a pig barn through the power of technology.”
By providing an interactive experience, consumers will learn how America’s pig farmers are building on generations of continuous environmental improvement. Compared with 55 years ago, research shows that today’s pig farming requires 75.9 percent less land, 25.1 percent less water and 7.0 percent less energy use, with a 7.7 percent smaller carbon footprint. The research demonstrates American pig farmers’ commitment to doing what is best for people, pigs and the planet.
The five-day festival runs from Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 24. Pat Bane, who is America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, will attend the festival and share what it means to be a pig farmer today with attendees.
“Taking care of my animals and ensuring their well-being is critical, especially for consumers who have questions about pig farming,” said Bane, who farms in Illinois. “That’s why I am open to bringing people to my farm, showing them around and sharing my story. We want the public to know how we raise pigs and that every day we do what is right to care for our animals, to keep them healthy and to properly manage our farm.”
We love when agriculture steps out of the box to educate their consumers. The Pork Board is also going to be participating in events with Guy Fieri, Neil Patrick Harris, and Michael Symon. Part of the initiative is to educate consumers about pork products, the process, and the fun ways to incorporate it in your family dinner.