Dangerous vegetable-fed swine on the radio

The pig-feeding saga continues…(background here and here on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s bizarre determination that fresh vegetables and whey, even those produced on-farm and fed to pigs on-farm, are garbage and thus cannot legally be fed to pigs intended for sale).
Harvest Public Media’s Jessica Naudziunas included our story in a new piece on weird ag laws; you can listen to the radio story here (we come in about halfway through the interesting 8-minute piece). MDA wouldn’t speak to her, but did release a written statement implicitly confirming the ruling we were given verbally (just in case anyone thought we were making this up). Even better, she has a somewhat bemused MU scientist confirming that fresh vegetables pose no health risk to swine whatsoever, that the primary disease in question is obsolete, and that “garbage” in this context should clearly refer to things like raw meat.

So if I can’t sell vegetable/whey-feed pigs, maybe I should just sell these T-shirts instead:

It’d probably be easier & more profitable to sell cheap, likely foreign-made T-shirts than locally-raised healthy pastured pork…
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2 thoughts on “Dangerous vegetable-fed swine on the radio

  1. any update on this issue? How could they tell the difference between vegetables used for animal feed as a first-use and other veges? Under this law as described, any farm that feeds whey would be outlawed.

  2. Bruce,Indeed, they initially told us whey would also not be allowed, either from our own goats or from a nearby artisan goat cheese dairy. They literally told us all (uncooked) vegetables were illegal swine feed, even fresh vegetables harvested specifically for swine. For details, see this earlier post in which we lay out the exact conversation we had on this topic, and they tell us a turnip growing in the field can be grazed but a turnip harvested in the field is illegal garbage feeding.I have no update. They told us no, wouldn't talk to the radio reporter, and that's the end of it. We're in the middle of our very busy vegetable season and really have little time to fight this. I'd like to get back to it in the fall, when the MO legislature goes back into session, and have gotten some vague promises of support/interest from well-connected people. In the short term, one of our local newspapers has picked up on this and is sending a reporter out on Wednesday to do another story. Maybe that will stir a few more hornets out of the nest.