Pot Infused Pork
The newest craze - “pigs on pot”. No it’s not a bad joke about police officers gone bad, it’s actually about a Washington farmer who decided to feed his hogs a mixture of wheat mash left over from the production of vodka, nutritional pellets and the leaves, stems and byproducts of medical marijuana. What do you get with this mixture besides some really happy and mellow pigs? Well according to farmer Jeremy Gross you get the best tasting pork ever. But sorry, eating the pork won’t get you “high”. So just what inspires and motivates a farmer to feed his pigs pot? Good question. Perhaps an intense need to “green-cycle”, or maybe the desire for media attention, which it is getting on a worldwide level. But maybe it was just a way to put a unique twist on the concept of locally sourced food that would help Gross sell more pork at a premium price - chops go for over $16 a pound and bacon is $17 a pound. Next question, while the use of medical marijuana has been legalized in Washington for humans, is feeding the byproducts of medical marijuana to livestock legal? According to the USDA’s website it “approves the additives or drugs that are used in feed products”.