Notable Quotes from Pork Forum

The National Pork Forum took place recently in Kansas City, Mo. ( ZimmComm )

Here are some quotes from the National Pork held in Kansas City last week. The forum includes the annual meetings of the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council, press conferences and producer update sessions. will have more coverage in the future, but the following excerpts give you a flavor of some of the topics discussed.

Pig Farmers of Tomorrow
“I have been granted amazing opportunities through my experiences in the pork industry. I have been fortunate enough to find my passion along the way, which gives me a strong unbreakable passion to dedicate my life to raising pigs in a responsible manner.”

- Emma Lasco, one of the three honorees, 2018 Pig Farmer of Tomorrow

Adam Krause, one of the new honorees for America’s Pig Farmer of Tomorrow:
“In high school, I wasn’t sure if I would have the opportunity to farm full-time. In 2016, I became a contract grower and built a nursery barn. This allowed me to farm with my dad and brother. I was able to fulfill a legacy and a dream through pig farmer, and for that I’m extremely grateful.”
- Adam Krause, 2018 Pig Farmer of Tomorrow

“Working in the pork industry is a rewarding career,” Snowden said. “Not only do you get to work with animals every day, but you get a sense of pride by helping to provide pork for consumers here in the United States.”
- Christine Snowden, 2018 Pig Farmer of Tomorrow

Fake Meat
“It’s competition folks. It’s coming from a lab with actual meat cells or it’s from a lab making products that taste like meat.”
– Bill Even, CEO, National Pork Board

Communicating with Consumers
The National Pork Board has adopted a “digital first” mindset, says CEO Bill Even: “We want to make sure our information is current, crisp, timely and actionable. We need to understand what everyone else is talking about in society. We need to meet them there instead of driving them to what we want to talk about.”
- Bill Even, CEO, National Pork Board, in talking about the NPB’s “digital first” mindset

Gene Editing
“Gene editing is a potentially revolutionary tool that will improve the lives of humans in clear and tangible ways. And we may well see the first widely accepted benefits in animals and plants. There is a clear opportunity for the agriculture industry to lead the way.”
- Michael Specter, journalist and author of Denialism – How Irrational Thinking Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives

“We have to start now by generating social acceptance of gene editing,” Arnot said. “That means overcoming the public’s scientific illiteracy by opening a dialogue to build both acceptance and support. This will allow us to move forward as a society.”
- Charlie Arnot, Center for Food Integrity

“Acceptance of gene editing faces its distinct challenges – and largest among them is public perception,” Wells said. “What is so unique to gene editing is that there is no biological reason to regulate the technology. However, that could well be the first step in growing consumer acceptance.”
- Kevin Wells, University of Missouri

“A one-size-fits all regulatory approach will not work for many emerging technologies, but especially for gene editing. A path forward exists, allowing for regulatory scrutiny, but trade-offs may be required. We need to establish a risk-based regulatory framework.”
- Daniel Kovich, NPPC