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December 22, 2010

"Pig Business": The True Cost of Cheap Pork

Documentary film explores the international impacts of factory farming

Humane Society International

  • Smithfield is the world's largest pork producer. istock

A December 2010 undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States at a Smithfield Foods factory farm in Virginia documented systemic animal abuse, but Smithfield’s impact extends well beyond U.S. borders. Though based in the United States, Smithfield is the largest pork producer in the world, slaughtering more than 25 million pigs per year across 15 countries.

"Pig Business," a documentary film now available online in its entirety, explores the international impacts of Smithfield. It follows the journey of mother and activist Tracy Worcester, who set out to discover who was paying the true cost of cheap pork. It charts the the rise of factory farms in the USA and the spread of the industrial agribusiness throughout the world.

"Pig Business" reveals how buying meat from a system that abuses animals takes a huge toll by damaging human health, polluting the environment, depleting water sources, contributing to green house gas emissions and deforestation, and destroying rural communities and economies.