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The National Pork Board's environmental footprint project is comprehensive with multiple phases. Since June 2008, the National Pork Board has been working on a specific plan to assess and better understand the pork ' carbon footprint. The Checkoff-funded research has completed: A review of available literature and information related to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from pork production. A summary or "scan level" life-cycle assessment of energy use and emissions across the entire pork chain, including feed crop production, feed formulation, swine production, transportation, meat processing and retail components. A detailed, in-depth life-cycle assessment of the on-farm animal production component covering all aspects of raising the animals, including manure-management practices. A producer-friendly software tool called the Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator. It calculates the greenhouse gas emissions involved in sow and grow-finish production, which can help producers identify areas for potential improved efficiency.
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