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Scott Francis Baker

October 7th, 2004

Plastic cow stolen, feared drowned @ 06:21 pm

Today at work we were discussing the question "is pork really red meat." After much debate we were unable to come up with a definitive solution. So we decided to ask an expert, our first thought was 4H, but we couldn't find an easy contact so intead we hit up the FFA. We easily found a contact on the FFA webpage, so I shot her a quick email:
To which Tiffany replied very quickly (22 minutes), with her official FFA answer.
So to end the long standing debate, pork is and always has been red meat. The only real reason it was ever considered white meat is because the pork council decided back in the 80s that the term "red meat" had a bad stigma attached to it, and it was affecting sales. So they tried to cash in on the health food craze and it worked, sales went up.
In pork's defense, it is much healthier today than it was 25 years ago. Pigs are raised and bred differently and the most popular cut of pork (the tenderloin) is now 42% less fat. Pork has changed, and is more healthy but it is still red meat. If the FFA says so, I agree!
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Date:October 7th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
So the pork council is like the meat version of the USB Consortium?
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Date:October 8th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
Make sure you get pork 2.0 low-fat, not pork 2.0 less-fat. Totally different.
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Date:October 10th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
You guys have way too much free time at work...shouldn't you be like...working? :P

Scott Francis Baker