Canadians concerned about environment
Non-farming Canadians have a positive view of
hog-farming, however, these views are being persuaded toward greater concern
for the environment.
The attitude of non-farming Canadians toward hog farming has
been positive in recent years, increasing from 49% to 59% in 2004. However, concerns have arisen.
Ipsos-Reid has been recording the awareness and
attitudes of rural and urban non-farming Canadians toward
hog production practices relating to food safety, the environment and
animal welfare. There is an emerging concern amoung consumers about the impact of
hog farming om the environment. Consumers have become concerned primarily with the
quality of water and air pollution.
Vice president of Agribusiness, Food and Animal Health market
research, Dr Susan Jones, notes that a strong majority of non-farming consumers
believe the hog industry is well regulated and farmers adhere to the regulations
and that the industry is looking for ways to improve environmental
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