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Four Pillars Of Sustainability

America’s Pork Producers care about the land and our natural resources. We invest in the environment through research into the four pillars of environmental sustainability – Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint, Air Footprint and Land Footprint. As we complete research on each of the four pillars, we’ll release tools to help producers assess their efficiency and environmental stewardship. Research on the carbon footprint of the pork production chain resulted in the Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator, which calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in various areas of pork production. Designed to help producers identify areas for improvement, the Calculator currently determines the efficiency of each barn used in pork production based on size, fuel and water usage, and energy used by lights and fans. As research into the other pillars continues, the Calculator will be updated to highlight all areas where pork farmers can increase efficiency.

To read more about the Carbon Footprint, click here.

To read more about the Water Footprint, click here.