This week’s Omnivorous (we guess it’s about time to call it what they call it), Mike Sula updates us on the Reader’s pet mulefoot hog, currently living the good life in south central Wisconsin while awaiting its eventual slaughter and distribution to hungry Chicago literary foodies. We’ve always thought that print media and heritage livestock should be more closely aligned - they face similar obstacles, and are similarly rewarding to the public.
Okay, we don’t know what that means either. The piglet’s name is Dayspring Domatillo (a hippie hog?) Dee Dee, as one ought to have surmised from the title of the article, and is adorable. Could you imagine if the only way to eat meat was to purchase an animal from birth, publicly document its life, and then eat the entire thing when it’s ready to go? That would probably be a heck of a lot better for public health and the environment. Maybe we can get a proviso tucked into the farm bill (which looks like it won’t be passed until 2008 already) banning traditional commercial farming and implementing contract agriculture and animal husbandry. If only!
The article also includes a list of restaurants where you can get non-traditional cuts of pig. Or cured pig, at least, which is just as good. Or better, really.
Healthy Meat the Hard Way [Reader]