Farmer markets marijuana fed pork – You often hear about grass fed beef but these grass fed pigs are fed a different kind of grass, aka marijuana!
This story is a ‘pun’ goldmine and the media are in a bit of a frenzy with what to headline their stories with. The farmer is calling these pigs ‘pot pigs’ and of course the whole thing is happening in Washington. He has also been experimenting with beer and vodka in the troughs.
Although not a smoker himself farmer William von Scheneidau of BB Ranch in Seattle started feeding the pigs ‘pot’ after a local marijuana dispensary said that they had lots of stalks and leaves to get rid of. Marijuana was of course legalized in the state last year.
Apparently the pot pigs lay around a lot more and gain 20% more weight, according to the story from NBC.
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Now I want to throw in my two cents….
I’m vegan so any treatment of animals that will eventually end up as food rings cruelty to me. I don’t think animals should be raised and kept to eat but the feeding of pot itself isn’t necessarily cruel if the pigs have choice between pot and non-pot food (I am not sure if they do). It would be interesting to know if pigs or any other animals actively seek to eat marijuana in the wild.
My ideal is that this wouldn’t be happening but marijuana is probably a lot less of an issue than half of the crap we do feed to animals and half the medicines we administer.
What do you think? - Farmer markets marijuana fed pork