The pork industry has received its share of bad press. Rolling Stone recently published an article entitled
Boss Hog The subtitle reads "America's top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers, killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA history. Welcome to the dark side of the other white meat."
The lengthy subtitle says it all and even a glance at the upsetting pictures will certainly make you pause next time you pass the bacon. The good news is that there are humane, sustainable options that actually taste better. Just ask Corby Kummer, an Atlantic writer, who is a bona fide expert about the plight of pork.
Niman Ranch is a brand that stands up to Kummer's scrutiny not only because of its stellar flavor, but for the company's committment to buy pork from small farmers who don't use antibiotics, who limit the amount of pig waste they put out in the fields and adhere to humane treatment that includes pastures and straw-bedded pens. Fortunately, Niman Ranch pork is readily available at places like Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
For more information about this environmentally friendly pork including recipes, retailers and farmer profiles, visit the Niman Ranch website.