> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
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> Subject: pigs - traditional breeds
> Date: Tuesday, March 23, 1999 2:46 PM
> I am intrigued to know if there is much debate in American sustainable
> agricultural circles re the advantages of maintaining traditional (and
> all too frequently, rare) breeds of livestock? The question about pigs
> brought this to mind, as I remembered how lucky we felt when we had a
> small farm in the UK and found that in a neighboring village there was a
> Gloucester Old Spot boar ready and eager to service our Old Spot sow.
> These fabulous pigs are tough, hardy, good out door pigs, nearly lost in
> the enthusiasm about the new wonder pigs, but now slowly making a
> comeback, thanks largely to backyard farmer enthusiasm. WHo knows when we
> will need these traits again, especially when/if we shift to more
> integrated farming with animals filling ecological niches in land
> Similar to the reminder that GMO's don't just affect plants, neither does
> loss of biodiversity on the farm.
> Cheers, Jo Tippett
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