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Two Recent Cases That Demonstrate How Industry Is Trying to Eliminate Farm-to-Table Operations

Pig Farming

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  • Two years ago, a Michigan hog farmer sued the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for lost livelihood after it accused him of raising an “illegal” breed of swine
  • The Michigan Invasive Species Order uses physical characteristics as the determinant factor for deciding if a pig is considered an illegal invasive breed or not
  • Less than two weeks before the court date, where the constitutionality of DNR’s Invasive Species Order would be reviewed by a judge, the DNR reversed its decision saying the pigs were perfectly legal after all
  • This is a blatant attempt by industry-led forces to shut down farm-to-table operations that threaten the status quo of the factory farm model
  • The Indiana Board of Animal Health recently amended a regulation that in part based the legality of wild hogs on physical characteristics, clarifying that it does NOT apply to swine raised on a farm

By Dr. Mercola

In 2010, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued an Invasive Species Order (ISO) to "help stop the spread of feral swine and the disease risk they pose to humans, domestic pigs, and wildlife as well as their potential for extensive agricultural and ecosystem damage."


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