Why kill the pigs?


Two articles in
today’s (April 15, 2008) Waterloo Region Record caught my eye.  Ottawa to pay pork producers to kill
off pigs as market collapses
announces that Ottawa will pay pig farmers
up to $50 million to slaughter their breeding pigs if they agree to wipe out
their entire herd and stay out of the hog business for three years. Ottawa
hopes to reduce the glut and bring prices back up.  Global food crisis may wipe out seven
years of progress
  reports on
"a rapidly escalating global food crisis..[reaching]..emergency
proportions…"  UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for "short-term emergency
measures…to meet urgent food needs and avoid starvation and longer-term
efforts to significantly increase production…"  I hope I’m not the only one to see a serious
problem with Ottawa’s hog policy in light of the global food crisis. These are
breeding hogs that could be used in areas of the world where people are
starving, to help them raise food to lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.
Why waste all these hogs?  Why not send
them to subsistence farmers in the Third World? 
Surely there are philanthropic organizations that would pick up the
shipping costs. Our hog farmers might feel better about a solution to Canada’s
hog glut if they could actually help alleviate the global food crisis.  Much better than slaughtering all those hogs.

About thebows99krug

Hi, I am Eric, a retired librarian. I was born in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto and raised in the downtown area north of the Art Gallery, south of the University of Toronto. I went to Orde Street Public School, Harbord C.I., University College at the UofT and the UofT's Faculty of Library and Information Science. I meet my wife Patricia at FLIS; our first date was on November 15, 1968. We were engaged February 14, 1969 and married on June 21, 1969. Our family includes son, James; daughter-in-law, Erin; (both writers), grand-daughters, Vivian and Eleanor; and Sonic, a very friendly ginger tabby. My beloved wife died January 7, 2017 and our 19 year old cat Pooka died January 8, 2017. I would like to hear from any other class of '63 alumni of Harbord C.I. and class of '67 alumni of UofT's University College.
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