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A Humane Love Affair – Jeff Mease On Raising And Harvesting Pigs

Jeff Mease returns to Earth Eats to talk animal husbandry, pork, and his relationship to the big and beautiful pigs he raises on his farm.

Daniel Orr and Jeff Mease

Photo: January Jones/WFIU

Daniel Orr and Jeff Mease survey the farm.

Daniel Orr and Jeff Mease

Pigs have been raised for thousands of years. They’re one of our first domesticated animals and have long been one of man’s best friends. As things have evolved over the past 100 years, “raising pigs” has become “hog farming.”

The new white meat not only became a term for stock trading – pork bellies – and government spending – pork barrel – but it’s in the center of much debate on the humane treatment of animals.

Today, I’m speaking to a local restauranteur and entrepreneur, Jeff Mease, about his thoughts on pigs, pork and getting to know these big beautiful creatures.

The way he interacts with his animals, you can just tell how fond he is of them. But, Jeff does humanely slaughter his animals to feed his family. He also sells his animals for breeding stock.

He does his best to give his animals a happy and healthy life, but there’s no getting around the fact that this is a sensitive subject in the foodie community, whether you’re a vegetarian or not.

What do you think about the ethics of meat harvesting? Let us know in the comments.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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