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Pig Industry Cuts its Environmental Impact

by 5m Editor
3 December 2009, at 11:33am

UK - The British pig meat industry has set out the challenges facing the sector in tackling environmental issues, climate changes and the carbon footprint of production in two reports published this week.

The Scoping Life Cycle Assessment of Pork Production report published by the British Pig Executive looks at the environmental impact of pig production and lays down guides to meeting the challenge.

The Pigs and the Environment report looks at how BPEX can work to enhance the environmental sustainability of pork production.

The reports set out the way pork production affects the environment through greenhouse gas emissions, climate change water and air pollution and changes to biodiversity.

BPEX Head of Marketing Chris Lamb said: "The English pig industry has already taken major steps to improve efficiency and, as a consequence, cut CO2 and other environmental impacts.

"As the industry has a comparatively small number of producers, positive changes are relatively easier to introduce and this has been part of the reason for the excellent response.

"The pig industry is determined to participate fully in the environmental debate and play its part in reducing GHG emissions.

"The launch of the two reports is only the start and we are looking forward to tackling the challenges of engaging on this subject and cutting the industry's impact on the environment."