Popular pig rodeo in Shikoku comes to an end

Aug 14, 2016

Popular pig rodeo in Shikoku comes to an end

Would-be buckaroos took part in their last pig rodeo in Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture, Saturday after organizers of the long-held festival decided to shut it down following criticism it was a form of animal abuse. The festival, held almost every year for the past 25 years, ...

Shizuoka farm plies its pigs with green tea instead of water

May 11, 2015

Shizuoka farm plies its pigs with green tea instead of water

A pig farm in Shizuoka Prefecture, known as a production hub for high-quality green tea, has come up with a new way of raising branded pork: having its pigs drink tea instead of water. The pigs, named "Tea-ton" (meaning tea pork), have proved popular among ...

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

Jul 4, 2014

Farmers fattening pigs with recycled food

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Japan burns or buries 3.3 million tons of commercial food waste every year. Then it imports 10 million tons of corn to feed animals, more than any other country. Asako Nagano and her colleagues at the agriculture ministry in Tokyo are part of a drive ...