The Real Pork Trust Consortium to address consumers' questions

National Pork Board, five universities to focus on three key areas to build consumer trust.

June 28, 2023

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National Pork Board

The National Pork Board recently announced a new five-year effort focused on addressing consumer questions related to the pork industry's We Care Ethical Principles and strengthening consumers' confidence in choosing pork for their plate.

The Real Pork Trust Consortium brings together the diverse expertise of five universities and will focus on three key areas to build consumer trust:

  1. Research designed to answer consumer questions about pork and pork production.

  2. Communications that share the research findings in a relatable, relevant way consumers can easily understand and use when making decisions.

  3. Training to empower people from various walks of life to share research-based information about the pork industry. 

"The producer leaders of the National Pork Board recognize the need to engage with consumers to make sure we understand their questions, and they understand more about our commitment to people, pigs and the planet," said Bob Ruth, a producer from Pennsylvania and 2023-24 president of National Pork Board. "We also know we can't do that alone. This unique partnership with exceptional talent from multiple land grant universities is an innovative approach for our industry, and we’re excited to support the effort through consortium’s advisory council as they identify the most impactful ways to build trust in modern pork production.”   

The Real Pork Trust Consortium includes the following universities: Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the University of Minnesota. Among the five universities, leading experts in science communication, animal science, animal welfare, veterinary medicine, meat sciences and product safety, nutrition, agricultural economics, sustainability, sociology and agricultural education will work side by side using a systems approach. 

"Consumers want answers to their questions about the food they eat – and we have good, science-backed answers to share," said University of Georgia Professor Alexa Lamm. "At the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, we are excited to partner with an industry that wants to work with scientists to find the answers and use the best methods to communicate transparently about the research behind pork production. We want everyone to have the information they need to make educated choices about the food they eat." 

The consortium is currently in the planning phase and will share more information about its approach and planned work in the fall. To stay up-to-date on its work and other initiatives from the Pork Checkoff, visit the website and sign up for the weekly email. 

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