It might be time for pork to step down from its branded role as the logical alternative to chicken. Long-positioned as “The other white meat” by the pork industry until having been rebranded last year as “Pork. Be Inspired.”, it is probably a good time to question how inspiring the mass farming of this highly-intelligent and sentient animal truly is when we consider the amount of growth hormones and antibiotics that are being used to sustain the industry’s staggering output of pork meat.
Pork, along with other animal-based proteins, begins posing a threat to human health when pigs are pumped full of foreign chemicals to increase their yield and reduce sickness that is symptomatic throughout factory farming operations. Can these realities of mass farming truly be considered inspiring to an objective mind? With all the talk about progress, humane farming practices, and safety levels within our food system, exposé after exposé reveals how difficult it is to teach an old and extremely lucrative industry new, safer tricks…or, to put it bluntly, practices geared toward protecting the health and dignity of both humans and animals who partake in this industry’s activities.
On the other hand, what could be considered truly inspiring is the growing acceptance of mock meat as a viable food product in the mainstream. The recent New York Times article compares both the ethics and experience of real meat vs. the drastically-improved simulated versions that are fast becoming all the rage among both vegetarians and non-veg eaters alike. And with companies like Savage River Farms having already received funding from a venture capital firm as they prepare to offer their high-quality fake chicken to universities, hospitals, and eventually grocery stores in 2012, it appears pork and even fish will soon no longer be the lone alternatives to chicken – no matter how much the industry’s marketing tactics allude to the opposite.