The trend toward "going organic" isn't slowing any on British farms, and that includes pork producers, according to a report from Britain's Pig Disease Information Center.

The report attributes the increasing popularity of organic production "to a combination of factors whereby UK consumers have come to believe that organic products are safer, more nutritious and impose less exploitation and suffering of farm animals. "There also is a trend toward farmers seeking more profitable niche markets during a prolonged recession of profit margins," says the report.

Organic pork producers have avoided most of the low pig prices because of product demand and their ability to do more direct marketing. European Union and government subsidies as well as research is helping the organic sector grow. A three-year research program in organic pig production at the Department of Agriculture, University of Aberdeen is designed to generate scientific information to optimize organic production systems.

A full report on Britain's organic pig production is available online at www.pighealth.com/News99/ORGANIC.HTM.

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