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Pork Industry Puts Heritage Hog Farmers Out of Business – Podcast 6

The State of Michigan is putting small pig farmers out of business by defining their heritage hogs as an “invasive species of wild boar.” The state claims the pigs are escaping and wreaking havoc on wildlife and other farms and must be destroyed. In this podcast, Brad talks with Mark Baker, one of the heritage hog farmers who is now forced to slaughter his own pigs and give away their meat for free. Baker explains that the only threat his pigs pose is to the conventional, confinement pork farmers, and it’s not because they’re breaking out of their pens. Rather, it’s because Baker’s pork is darker in color, richer in flavor and more desirable to consumers looking for healthy, humanely raised meat, and the pork industry is not interested in that kind of competition.

For more information on Baker’s Green Acres hog farm, check out their website.


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anthony davis
anthony davis

Haiti the testing ground of manufactured  economies. If you look at what we did to Haiti,  with their  native pigs,   These pigs were killed off and the  large american hogs were imported which did not survive  as well in the  Haiti  climate. The people starved along with the economy. 

 WHAT WE DO TO OTHERS WE EVENTUALLY DO TO OUR SELVES.

Katie
Katie

At first, this really freaked me out as a resident of MI but I just talked to our local heritage pig farmer (Menlo Farms) and he said that this is very misleading. He said this law did not affect him nor any other heritage pork farmer in the state that he knew of. He said, to his knowledge, the one farm that is affected cross bred his pig with some wild hogs and they're wreaking havoc and that is what this law is regarding. He said not to worry about heritage pigs in MI in general. I am not in favor of legislation that clearly favors Big Ag over small farmers but his comments made me feel better. Has anyone else spoken to other heritage pig farmers?


Catherine Tomko
Catherine Tomko

Fb won't let me like the post. :( Thanks for sharing this.

Randy Buchler
Randy Buchler

Mark is a great man! He is intelligent, articulate and a devoted family man! He has my utmost respect. It's sickening what is happening to these selected heritage breed hog farmers.

Mark Baker
Mark Baker

@Katie Sorry Katie,

Whoever you are talking with is misinformed. I am in the middle of this. Read the declaratory ruling on the dnr site and you judge weather or not it will affect others. The dnr routinely tells folks on the phone don't worry we only don't like russians but you must remember that all breads of pigs are descendents of the russian or eurasian boar. Any pig can carry sickness or become feral. The dnr wants to judge our animals by how they look, not how they behave. Moreover this whole thing is predicated on the fictional notion that we have 1500-8000 feral pig running around our state. (dnr numbers) you ever see one? I am willing to talk with you about this further also your farmer friend. call anytime   

                                                                                Mark


FoodRiotRadio
FoodRiotRadio moderator

"During the last couple of months, DNR has been very quiet in the media about the ISO; however, make no mistake about it, they are moving ahead with its implementation. DNR has filed counterclaims against heritage breed hog farmers Mark Baker and Roger Turunen, game ranch operator Greg Johnson and swine pet owner Matt Tingstad, seeking court orders for each to depopulate their pigs and to pay civil fines for possessing prohibited "invasive species swine." "

http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/MI-swine-iso-update.htm

Mark Baker
Mark Baker

@Randy Buchler Randy, you forgot great hunter