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Is This the World’s Best Way to Raise Pork?

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  • Even farmers steeped in the monoculture tradition adopted by the majority of the U.S. have successfully switched to organic, polyculture models
  • One farmer adopted the ancient traditions used in Spain and imported Iberian pigs to produce jamón ibérico — the highest grade of free-range, acorn-fed, dry-aged Spanish ham — in Georgia
  • Food companies may introduce a new label called “regenerative” for food grown using soil improvement methods, to be placed on store shelves next to packages labeled “organic” or “fair trade”
  • Scientists found that recycling livestock manure as a substitute for synthetic fertilizers increased the soil organic carbon, or SOC, improving crop productivity, reducing reactive nitrogen pollution and increasing the viability of the soil
  • Converting a conventional farming operation to one that’s regenerative requires commitment and determination, but it has been done, and a growing number of voices in the industry have joined the conversation

By Dr. Mercola

Will Harris III, owner of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, says the hogs that forage on his vast Georgia farm are also loose to forage in the woods behind it. He says they not only fill a unique position on his farm's operation, they also have a unique impact on the land.

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