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CCCI: The Pork Fix: African Swine Fever and the Opportunity of Crisis in China’s Pork Industry

Monday, February 17, 2020 at 4:30pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, 64 Kaufman Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Is the fix in on the Pork Fix in China'? That's what guest speaker, Mindi Schneider will explore in her talk. Professor Schneider is from Wageningen University, in the Netherlands. This event is co-sponsored by the Polson Institute for Global Development and the Cornell East Asia Program.

"Once a symbol of prosperity and health, pigs in China are now factory farmed on Western lines, with disastrous consequences.

Declining agricultural biodiversity is one serious consequence of the industrialization of pig farming. Others include the spread of livestock diseases; the build-up of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant organisms in the environment; the build-up of heavy metal and growth hormones in meat; diet-related human health problems like heart disease and cancers; the erosion of rural livelihoods and environments from polluting pig factories; and crippling water and soil pollution largely from manure oversupply.

It seems that the Chinese tradition of valuing pigs as important components of farm ecosystems while treating pork as a luxury food for special occasions was probably the right idea." excerpted from an article on: by Mindi Schneider, Brian Lander, and Katherine Brunson


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Development Sociology, East Asia Program, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies






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Wageningen University, Netherlands

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