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Pork researchers with pigs

the research behind pork.

people that raise pork

the people that raise pigs.

people eating pork

the meat you eat.

Connecting you to

  • Addressing Consumer Needs

  • Pork’s Contributions to a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Ensuring Proper Pig Handling and Care

  • Managing Swine Health

  • Harvesting Pork Humanely

  • Commitment to a Healthy Planet

  • Drawing Cultural Connections

  • Supporting Our Farmers

  • Contributing to Other Industries

Specific opportunities for engagement include:

Our research team is committed to listening to and using science to answer consumer questions about the pork industry.

Spectrums of Opportunity

pork farm research
field and water

Caring for the Planet

Environmental
Social
Economic
Life Cycle Analysis
Contributions to other industries

Caring for the Planet

chef preparing pork

Food Safety
Human Nutrition
Cultural Connections

Consuming Pork

Consuming Pork

raising pigs

Feeding Pigs: Nutrition

Management: Life Cycles of Pigs

Handling and Care

Health Management

Harvesting

Who Raises Pigs

Raising Pigs

Raising Pigs

Our work focuses on the We Care® Ethical Principles of the pork industry: 

What We Do

pork farm

Caring for the Planet

Environmental
Social
Economic
Life Cycle Analysis
Contributions to other industries

chef cooking pork

Consuming Pork

Food Safety

Human Nutrition

Cultural Connections

Pork researchers

Raising Pigs

Feeding Pigs: Nutrition

Management: Life Cycles of Pigs

Handling and Care

Health Management

Animal Welfare and Wellbeing

Harvesting

Who Raises Pigs

The Real Pork Trust Consortium funds research and training for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and the environment, with a commitment to sharing our results publicly. Learn More About Our Impact

Our Impact

pork researcher working with pigs

Pork producers and allied industry partners reached

1714

Consumers reached

1230

Trainings held

18

Students reached

420

Last updated: June 1, 2024.

NC State University
University of Michigan
Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The Real Pork Trust Consortium is a team of scientists from multiple universities striving to listen to and answer consumer questions about pork and pork production. 

 

Our team is focused on building trust so consumers can make informed decisions about the food they eat through cutting edge research, communicating research results so all can comprehend and increase their knowledge, and training a future workforce and pork industry prepared to partner with consumers to ensure a sustainable future for us all.

Who We Are

Real Pork Trust Consortium researchers in meeting
pork researcher with baby pig
pork researchers
baby pigs

Our Strategy

Research
We conduct research to listen to and answer consumers’ questions about raising pigs, eating pork, and how the pork industry affects society and the environment. Learn More

Training

We train people from diverse backgrounds to share evidence-based information about the pork industry with those around them. Learn More

Communication

We communicate pork research findings in a relatable, transparent way consumers can easily understand and use in making educated choices about the food they eat. Learn More