Environment - Pork Checkoff

Sustainable Pig Farming

Safeguarding the environment is important to America’s pork producers who work to steward their land for future generations. Protecting resources is a priority because their livelihoods depend on it.

In the past six decades, pig farmers have reduced the pork industry’s environmental footprint by using less.

↓ 75.9% less land

↓ 25.1 % less water

↓ 7% less energy

↓ 7.7% fewer carbon emissions


Pork’s Carbon Footprint

Pork production accounts for less than .3% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the American Farm Bureau.

Work continues to adopt practices that improve productivity and enhance sustainability.

Producer Sustainability Toolkit

Animal caretakers have an integral role to play in identifying potential environmental problem areas. They have the ability to either correct them or share the issues with those who do have the authority to address them.

These training resources will help caretakers understand and recognize the impact they can have on improving sustainability.

In The News: Farm Nation

Pig Farmers & Environmental Sustainability

U.S. pig farmers are committed to safeguarding natural resources. As farmers, their livelihoods are tied to the land, and they understand their responsibility to protect the environment. Respect for the earth and its natural resources is part of our nation’s agricultural heritage — and producers are dedicated to preserving that legacy.