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Everything But the Oink...

Yumm........Bacon! This is probably one of the first things that come to mind when people begin thinking about what comes from a pig - but the reality of it is that pigs are incredibly versatile animals!

Yes, ham, bacon, pork chops, pork loin and sausage all come from pigs...but so does insulin, heart valves, footballs, gelatin, burn dressings, matches, crayons and a whole host of other items.

Ted.com has a great video (about 9 minutes long) in which Christien Meindertsma actually talks about how she followed an ordinary pig to see what happened to it after processing - and how amazed she was with the results. This video is below, or you can visit it on ted.com at http://www.ted.com/talks/christien_meindertsma_on_pig_05049?language=en

As promised, here is the final fact sheet showing at least some of the products made from pigs and where they come from. (This compliments the posts from the last two weeks on "Everything but the Baaa..." and "Everything but the Moo....") It is a great visual for students to start learning about just how much agriculture impacts their daily lives through more than just the food on their plates and illustrates how we really do use everything but the oink! Listed below are links to the PDF of the sheet shown above as well as a PDF of a worksheet on Products from Pigs and the corresponding Answer Key. We hope that you find these resources helpful!

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Everything But the Oink....Pig Products (PDF)
Everything But the Oink....Pig Products Worksheet (PDF)
Everything But the Oink....Pig Products Answer Key (PDF)

Feel free to print and make copies as you need!