How are farmers using science and technology to grow healthier food? What’s the impact on our food, animal care and the environment?

Those questions will be answered on Tuesday, July 7 during the Hannibal Rotary Club meeting.

How are farmers using science and technology to grow healthier food? What’s the impact on our food, animal care and the environment?

Those questions will be answered on Tuesday, July 7 during the Hannibal Rotary Club meeting. Sarah Michaels Fernandez of Global Pork Production Enterprises, Quincy, Ill., will address the group at noon at the Quality Inn & Suites located at 120 Lindsay Dr. in Hannibal.

Titled “Farming and Food” the speech by Fernandez will highlight how ongoing advancements in agricultural science are helping farmers raise better food while using fewer natural resources than ever before.

“Farmers who raise pigs have been able to make great progress in animal health, food safety and protecting the environment,” said Fernandez. “And farmers know they must always keep learning and working to get better at what they do.”

Farmers now use 41-percent less water and 78-percent less land to raise pigs than they did 50 years ago.
“Modern barns, a focus on nutrition and animal care mean pigs live healthier lives than ever before,” said Fernandez. “And, healthy pigs mean healthy food. For example, pork tenderloin today is as lean as a skinless chicken breast and is certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy food. I’d like to thank the Hannibal Rotary Club for giving me an opportunity to share what farmers are doing to make sure safe and healthy food gets to our dinner table today and in the future.”

Fernandez notes that Missouri pork production generates over $1.1 billion of economic activity, and provides Missourians with over 32,000 direct and support jobs.