Pig industry unveils environmental strategy

The pig industry has unveiled its strategy to tackle the dual challenge of improving the environmental sustainabiliy and reducing the carbon footprint of English pig production.

Bpex has published two reports examining at the environmental impact of producing pigs and identifying opportunities for improvement.

The first is a Scoping Life Cycle Assessment of Pork Production, estimating the environmental impacts of pork production. The second is Pigs and the Environment, which looks at how BPEX can work to enhance the environmental sustainability of pork production.

The reports recognise that pork production causes environmental impact, chiefly: climate change, air pollution, water pollution and loss of biodiversity.  Outlining the efforts that the industry is already seeking to tackle those challenges, the reports identify the fact that there is “no magic bullet” to solve all the problems in one fell swoop, and state that the answer will be 1000s of small improvements which will end up having a much greater impact.

Speaking at the launch of the reports at the Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace in London on Wedensday, 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.”