Eating bacon linked to early death in pigs. More soon.
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Although that of course depends on the life expectancy of the pig. If you are sourcing the bacon from a wild pig then yes, it is likely that you have reduced his life expectancy. However the bacon consumed by the average bacon eater will be farmed. The life expectancy of a farmed pig will remain unchanged by us eating more bacon as you still have to wait until the donor pig is of a certain age. If anything you would create more life as demand rises, the amount of livestock needed will increase.
Just to be slightly pedantic, you are not considering Gregory, the soon-to-be-born super pig who will rise from the troughs and lead the pig nation to the top of the food chain where they belong !!
Gregory Gregory ...
@Not Amused: so George Orwell was right!
@ Oxbridge. As a small but significant number of pigs (usually kept as pets, sentimental farmers, and some escapees) live beyond their "kill by" date, then the average life expectancy of the piggie population will be greater than you suggest. Also since wild boars and domesticated pigs can interbreed, they are in fact the the same "biological" species - i.e. they are not reproductively isolated, genetically - then wild boars living free and unfettered must be included. I take the strict definition of species of Mayr (1963) here.
I therefore stand by initial assertion.
can't argue with this ticker - ace
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