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China

China's scramble for global pork supplies could mean price hikes for Americans

by Kimberly Adams Oct 10, 2019
The country has lost more than half of its pig heard to African swine fever, according to some estimates.
Smithfield Foods, a Chinese-owned company, is warning of a pork shortage. Smithfield owns the Farmland brand, shown above at a supermarket in Los Angeles in 2013.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Why China wants to stock more than 200,000 tons of pork

by Jennifer Pak May 30, 2019
Some countries stockpile grain and petroleum. China has both, plus a national pork reserve.
A local meat market in Shanghai is dominated by pork stands. Pork is a staple in the Chinese diet and accounts for 70% of all meat consumed in China.
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Trade showdown

China's threatened tariffs on pork are hurting American hog farmers

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Apr 4, 2018
"I think the psychology has negatively impacted the hog market," one Illinois farmer says.
Hog farmers like to “market everything but the squeal,” Bran Duncan says.
Carsten Koall/Getty Images)
The Uncertain Hour

This country has a lot of rules, but they're all there for a reason — right?

by Krissy Clark Feb 2, 2018
In which we all learn what "boar taint" means.
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China targets U.S. pig imports

by Rob Schmitz Apr 8, 2014
China has imposed tough restrictions on live pigs imports from the U.S.

Deadly virus among piglets puts hog farmers on alert

by Sarah McCammon Jul 12, 2013
The virus is deadly for piglets less than a week old. Suspected to come from China, it does not affect humans.

Burger King moves to 'cage-free' eggs and pork

by Jeff Tyler Apr 26, 2012
The fast-food giant will move away from tightly packed chickens and pigs within five years. Farmers and consumers will feel the impact.

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