Every time we turn around, it seems that the marijuana industry is finding another creative avenue for the use of its horde of little green plants. Since the fragrant herb was officially legalized in 33 states across the U.S., the American market has attempted to utilize marijuana as a source for cosmetics, hair care, and skin care and has expounded on its potential benefits as a medication for a variety of illnesses including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, and chronic pain (among many more conditions). Even hemp (a variety of Cannabis Sativa) is used to produce rope and clothing. So what else could we possibly do with the rest of the plants? How about feeding the lot of them to pigs? As crazy as this idea sounds, farmers in Oregon are actually taking this idea literally. Let’s take a closer look at this bizarre situation and find out more.
Not Just Grain in There
When you initially look at the website for Moto Perpetuo Farm in Oregon, you would find it hard to believe that this place conducts more activity that producing buds. Initially, the family-owned business produced high-quality organic produce and meat to some of the finest restaurants in the city of Portland. However, after two decades of big scale activity, the Moto Perpetuo Farm decided to integrate the next-best-option for the Beaver State: the cannabis industry.
So, what were they supposed to do with all that leftover pot after a harvest? Simply put, all they have to do is feed the whole quantity to their clusters of pigs. In an interview with Eater, owner Dave Hoyle explained that, besides entering the marijuana market, he is not a pot farmer and merely viewed his production of the plant as a means of continuing a natural cycle.
Producing Pure Pork
Ultimately, the marijuana plants and leftover stalks constitute 20% of the total diet that is fed to the Moto Perpetuo pigs. Even more interesting, this herb-infused diet results in finer-quality pork. Unlike average versions of this meat sold on the grocery store shelves (which can be pale pink and white), the pot-infused pork is dark red and healthy.
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