We’ve added a 2nd Swine & Dine to accommodate the high demand! Join us on Wednesday, December 4th!
Yikes! A recent letter to the editor called us on the carpet for our plans to serve a heritage breed pig – a Tamworth pig raised by SVF Foundation – for our upcoming “Swine & Dine” Heritage Series Dinner on November 21, 2013. They labeled this endeavor “the height of insensitivity” and asked what would be next “a California condor or a manatee?”
What the writers didn’t understand was heritage breeds like the Tamworth pig are not wild endangered animals facing extinction because their habitat is threatened or they’re falling prey to poachers. Rather, they are out-of-favor farm animals no longer bred for food. Farmers don’t raise them because other breeds are easier / faster / cheaper to raise. The result? Fewer and fewer breeds, less variety in our food and the likelihood that we will lose all but the most profitable livestock animals in our food chain. This could be a big problem if something bad happens to that last remaining breed.
You can read more about this problem and what SVF is doing about it in this blog post detailing our spring visit to the farm. But for now, consider this: This little Tamworth breed is in danger because we DON’T eat it, and you might really like it. So come to our Heritage Dinner on 11/21 or 12/4 to give it a try. If you like it, SVF might raise more. In fact, they are planning to sell some this season, and that might help keep this breed viable as a food source. Wouldn’t that be great?