Bring back pig swill


When resources were scarce in the Second World War, the government used pig swill as a vital way of conserving resources

  Anaerobic digestion recoups only 0.5 to 1% of the energy value of food waste, and yet it is subsidised by the government. It is sensible for mixed food-stuffs but not for edible food - edible food should be used for humans as a priority, then pigs.
  In terms of carbon dioxide emissions, it is between 26 and 520 times better to feed waste food to pigs than send it to anaerobic digestion (accounting for the savings made from not growing alternative feed, putting that land to better use, and potential deforestation since a lot of our animal feed comes from Brazil).

  In economic terms too, the value of a tonne of food waste fed through an anaerobic digester is £37.20 whereas a if it was converted into pork it would be worth £330. The shops get to sell their waste not pay for it to be taken away, and the farmer's don't have to buy expensive corn feed.

  Following foot and mouth, the UK government to pass the Animal By-Products (Amendment) (England) Order 2001. The EU, Texas, and Australia soon followed suite. This banned the use of any feed which had come into contact with animal by-products, despite the fact that the epidemic had been caused not by animal by-product per se, but by the fact that the famer who caused food and mouth had not been observing a a law that food waste be boiled for an hour to kill off pathogens before served as swill.

  There are, however, numerous items which are exempt from these laws: Fruit, vegetable, bakery and dairy waste are all permitted "former foodstuffs". These are only considered contaminated if they come under the same roof as animal by-products. Often there are not measures in place to ensure their separation, and businesses are not aware that this is a desirable venture, both in environmental terms AND for their profits (since they can sell food as pig feed rather than paying for it to be taken away to landfill/anaerobic digestion, etc.).

  Many Animal Health Officials do not understand the laws fully, and so there is huge potential to raise awareness and shift industry in this direction - it is in everyone's interests.
One study found that 94% of fruit and vegetable waste in Britain could have been legally fed to livestock.

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