Myth: Hormone Use In Pig Production Poses A Health Risk To Consumers


Federal law prohibits the use of hormones in pig production.

Between 1980 and 2005, changes in genetics and feeding programs have reduced "days to harvest" — or the time required to grow a pig to full weight — by 15 percent and increased lean muscle by 45 percent 1. This growth has nothing to do with hormones like estrogens because they are simply not used.

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As in poultry production, producing pigs with more muscle (and in turn more meat) reduces environmental impact and enhances the economic sustainability of farms for future generations.

  1. Livestock Science. Volume 128, Issues 1-3, March 2010, pp 108-114.