Pigs and Chickens Eat More Seafood Than Japan

Believe it. Pigs and poultry gobble down 14 million tonnes of seafood (more than twice the amount the Japanese consume) every year because we feed it to them. Read my full post on the subject at The Gristmill.

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By Jim thomerson@… (not verified) on 27 Jun 2008 #permalink

Jennifer, maybe you can tie that work to this new study showing that increased regular feedings isn't necessarily good for pigs. Let the pigs forage throughout the day, and if they can figure out how to catch sardines more power to them. Otherwise, roots, apples and acorns.