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A new take on 'grass-fed' meat: Pig farmer markets pork raised on marijuana
NBC news ^ | 6-18-2013 | Elisha Fieldstadt

Posted on 06/21/2013 7:27:49 AM PDT by Renfield

he possibilities when it comes to marketing meat made from marijuana-fed animals are close to endless, but the man who came up with the idea has decided to simply call them “Pot Pigs.”

William von Scheneidau, owner and founder of BB Ranch in Seattle, didn’t come up with the idea to feed pigs and other animals weed while sitting around a bong in the basement with his buddies.

In fact, he doesn’t even smoke, he said.

Von Scheneidau said the notion came to him when he met the owners of a weed dispensary who told him that, ever since marijuana was legalized in Washington via popular vote last year, they've had extra stems, stalks, and leaves to get rid of.

He simply asked them if he could take what they were planning to throw out, as he once did with a farmer's rotting cantaloupes.

Von Scheneidau said he has always experimented with what he fed his animals and is even currently adding beer and vodka to their troughs.

The marijuana remnants are mostly fed to pigs, but because the farms von Scheneidau works with are free-range, other animals have access to the weed feed as well, giving a new meaning to the phrase “party animals.”....

Whenever von Scheneidau introduces a new substance to animals’ diets, he makes sure to have a control group of animals that eat normally from the same family.

He said that the pigs that are fed the marijuana just lie around and barely lift their heads.

“I name all my pigs,” said von Scheneidau “and Ted told Tim they shouldn’t tell me,” whether or not they’re high.

The pigs’ laziness might contribute to the fact that those who eat the weed gain weight 20 percent faster than those who don’t, as one would expect, even though von Scheneidau said the pot pigs don’t actually consume any extra food.

The weight gain contributes to the marbled, fattier texture of the pork that is eventually processed and made into bacon, prosciutto, sausage, pork chops and pulled pork.

Von Scheneidau says that beyond a difference in consistency, people have described the weed-infused meat as “more savory” in “blind bacon tests.”

"The flavor of the fat is extraordinary, [customers] love the marbling of the fat," said von Scheneidau.

And while customers haven’t reported getting high while eating or cooking the pork, von Scheneidau said BB Ranch sells out of the pot pig meat before batches are even processed.

He said the laws are a little complicated right now, but once the dispensaries are able to sell more marijuana, he’ll have more access to what the customers — and the pigs — want.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: marijuana; pork

1 posted on 06/21/2013 7:27:49 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

BRILLIANT!

It will just give consumers the munchies so they will consume ever more pork.


2 posted on 06/21/2013 7:28:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Renfield

Gives new meaning to “living high off the hog”.


3 posted on 06/21/2013 7:30:01 AM PDT by lula ( What America needs is men of Character in congress, we have enough characters.)
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To: Renfield

Makes you want to bring home the bacon.


4 posted on 06/21/2013 7:34:37 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Renfield

My great uncle used to have a lot of volunteer hemp on his farm. He grew it during WWII for rope. The livestock wouldn’t eat it.


5 posted on 06/21/2013 7:35:38 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receilpt.)
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To: dfwgator

Yes, that’s a great marketing strategy.

In the same vein, I once thought it would be a good idea to open a bar that served only Absinthe. After a bit of consumption, the patrons would forget to leave, and just stay there all the time, drinking more Absinthe.


6 posted on 06/21/2013 7:37:07 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

“He said that the pigs that are fed the marijuana just lie around and barely lift their heads”.

LMAO


7 posted on 06/21/2013 7:37:27 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Renfield

I heard this on local radio in Seattle. A guy who had some said, with an air of disgust, “I ate it...didn’t feel a DAMN thing!.”


8 posted on 06/21/2013 7:38:41 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: lula

Rather partial to pork myself (if only to p*ss off the Muslims), and this kind of takes care of two problems at once - what to do with the excess plant waste from “medical” marijuana, and s cheap source of feed that makes the pigs plump up even faster.

And they wouldn’t even mind going through the slaughterhouse, as they will be stoned the whole time right up to the moment of kill. You sort of want a hog to be passive about that time.


9 posted on 06/21/2013 7:39:36 AM PDT by alloysteel (Unattended children will be given a Red Bull and a free Kazoo. Reminds me of Congress...)
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To: lula

LOL


10 posted on 06/21/2013 7:40:37 AM PDT by RedMDer (When immigrants cannot or will not assimilate, its really just an invasion. Throw them out!)
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To: faucetman

Yeah, pigs have all the luck.


11 posted on 06/21/2013 7:40:39 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Given that a single pot plant can yield hundreds of dollars worth of product annually, often more depending on the quality, this is akin to feeding the animal truffles and caviar for months or years. The farmer would have to sell the pork for thousands of dollars per ounce to break even, if the pot is even remotely useful as a productive commercial plant.


12 posted on 06/21/2013 7:43:35 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: Teacher317
But, of course, if I bothered to read the article instead of the headline, my initial response might have been different. *sigh*

(He's getting the remains of the plants AFTER the "useful" parts have been harvested, and feeding those stems and remnants to the pigs. Good capitalist idea. Mea culpa.)

13 posted on 06/21/2013 7:45:43 AM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: Renfield

Of course, I proposed to the Frito-Lay people to sell Marijuana-laced Doritos.....their profits would skyrocket.


14 posted on 06/21/2013 7:46:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Renfield

there has to be something about pigs flying


15 posted on 06/21/2013 7:47:12 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: Teacher317

Was typing a snarky reply about teaching reading comprehension but for some reason decided not to post it and hit my ‘back’ button instead. Kinda glad I did now.


16 posted on 06/21/2013 7:55:00 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus; Teacher317

Once again Roccus hits “Post Reply” instead of “Private Reply”

Gettin’ old really sucks sometimes.


17 posted on 06/21/2013 7:57:28 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Renfield

So why do you have so many loyal customers?

Simple, I just add heroin to the pizza sauce.


18 posted on 06/21/2013 8:04:00 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: hoagy62

He is marginally brighter than the guy my daughter knew who thought he could get drunk eating Irish cheddar. Assumed it was like Irish whiskey. Dolt.


19 posted on 06/21/2013 8:04:05 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: circlecity

lol


20 posted on 06/21/2013 8:06:08 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: CrazyIvan

“My great uncle used to have a lot of volunteer hemp on his farm. He grew it during WWII for rope”

That can’t be true he must have been a dope dealer.

I know because I had a history professor one told me the Founding Fathers were dope dealers because they raised hemp.

I told her the hemp was for rope, mainly for sailing ships.

She told me she had been sailing and they didn’t use hemp ropes on sailing ships because it would rot. They used nylon on sailing ships.

You can’t argue with a genius.


21 posted on 06/21/2013 8:11:11 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Teacher317

The price of pot is entirely artificial due to prohibition. The market price for smoking hemp should be far less than basil because it is easier to grow and yields much more. The smoking portion is a very small percentage of the whole plant. Growing and feeding whole plants to the hogs would probably be cheaper than growing feed corn.

A single plant grown outdoors in a nice climate can yield several pounds of smokes every few months. They grow as big as orange trees. One such plant under prohibition will easily give the grower $20-30,000 each year


22 posted on 06/21/2013 8:12:43 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Renfield

Gotta get me some of the meat and smoke it.


23 posted on 06/21/2013 8:17:22 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Renfield

Ummm....those bacon drippings are priceless!!


24 posted on 06/21/2013 8:19:52 AM PDT by V K Lee
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To: CrazyIvan
My great uncle used to have a lot of volunteer hemp on his farm. He grew it during WWII for rope.

I remember being a little kid in the 60s visiting my Grandpa in Iowa and him complaining about the long haired hippies from Iowa City coming around his place to pick the Iowana ditchweed that had been planted back in the war.

It took me another 10 years or so to find out/figure out what he was talking about.

25 posted on 06/21/2013 8:22:51 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: IMR 4350
Must have been the same prof that told my cousin that farmers wouldn't be needed in the future because we would synthesize all our food from soy beans.
26 posted on 06/21/2013 8:27:13 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receilpt.)
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To: CrazyIvan

Not being ruminants, swine don’t normally eat all that much forage. While this makes a great story, I’m just a little suspicious of its complete veracity.


27 posted on 06/21/2013 8:28:32 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: CrazyIvan

Could have been.

One of the reasons I had a very short college career.

Just couldn’t see paying good money to idiots.


28 posted on 06/21/2013 8:39:54 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Renfield
The weight gain contributes to the marbled, fattier texture of the pork that is eventually processed and made into bacon, prosciutto, sausage, pork chops and pulled pork

OMG! I was told that pork chops grew on trees and were harvested by hard working immigrants. And hams were the root bulbs of the pork chop trees. I'm shattered.

29 posted on 06/21/2013 8:40:08 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: faucetman

So... they’re easy to handle, docile, and tender...


30 posted on 06/21/2013 8:41:25 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: CrazyIvan

Those that can not do, teach.
Those that can not teach, administrate.


31 posted on 06/21/2013 9:30:58 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: CrazyIvan

Difference between hemp and marijuana.


32 posted on 06/21/2013 9:38:58 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Teacher317

You didn’t read the article, did you?


33 posted on 06/21/2013 9:41:21 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: faucetman
"pigs that are fed the marijuana just lie around and barely lift their heads”.


34 posted on 06/21/2013 9:43:29 AM PDT by Yehuda
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To: CrazyIvan
“Must have been the same prof that told my cousin that farmers wouldn't be needed in the future because we would synthesize all our food from soy beans.”

Advanced Soy bean farming today is very close to 100% mechanized. All the humans do is watch the monster machines and repair them. The combines drive themselves perfectly around the fields with GPS. Many parts used for the machines are actually made from processed soybeans.

It wont take long before the farms are 100% automated and powered by soybean oil (or solar). The machines will even repair themselves with on-site 3D printing and robotics. Nothing but Sunlight In and Food Out

35 posted on 06/21/2013 11:56:12 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: varyouga

My son in law is actually working on some of the new automated equipment at the John Deere plant in Moline


36 posted on 06/21/2013 12:05:46 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receilpt.)
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To: varyouga

Right.

I am amused by those who think the growing of pot will be a quick way to get rich once it is legalized. In fact, of course, as you point out, it is only expensive because it is illegal.

Once legalized it will quickly drop in price to near other agricultural products.

There may be exceptions for “super-deluxe” brands, as for wine, cheese and other products. But the basic stuff will be cheap.


37 posted on 06/21/2013 1:18:27 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan
Well, tobacco is very cheap without taxes yet most smokers are willing to pay the exorbitant tax for legal name-brand prerolled cigs. Even though you can buy whole bags of loose tobacco for a few bucks, most smokers don't even want the trouble of rolling it.

Of course the price will come down after legalization and some heavy smokers will grow their own. However I still think there is a very significant tax revenue to be made from casual smokers who will want perfect brand name MJ smokes.

38 posted on 06/21/2013 1:55:54 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: Mr. Lucky

Most pig farmers who raise pigs full-time have feed mills and grind their own concentrate feed (mostly corn + soy etc). It may be that he puts this stuff in his mill and mixes it with corn, soy, and other stuff.

By the way, pigs will graze alfalfa. Pigs will eat almost anything. I well remember walking into a pig barn in Denmark during a trip there. I saw a bit of movement at the edge of a sheet of plywood that was leaning up against the wall, and moved the top edge back to look behind it. There were about a half-dozen large rats hiding behind that sheet of plywood. When I moved the sheet they all went scurrying into the hog stanchions. The hogs got all excited and pounced on the rats just like cats or foxes would do...pinning them to the floor with their front hooves. The hogs then gulped down the rats as if they were twinkies.

Hogs love snakes (almost better than any other food) and will slurp them down in a heartbeat.


39 posted on 06/21/2013 3:03:11 PM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: varyouga

The money from tobacco goes to government, not the growers. Something similar may develop with legal MJ, but the growers won’t be getting rich.


40 posted on 06/21/2013 3:09:37 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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