Evaluating the Environmental Footprint of Pork Production

green stylized pig logoThe use and impacts on land and soils, air, water, and greenhouse gases all make up the environmental footprint of pork production. This section highlights many different aspects of pork production and how those impact emissions of greenhouse gases and other aspects of environmental impact.


Estimating Greenhouse Gases (GHGs)
Carbon Footprint and Life Cycle Assessment – The Basics
Which GHGs Are Emitted by Pig Farms? Carbon Footprint of the Pork Industry What Is the Role of Models?
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Basics Diet (Reduced Nitrogen)

What Is Gasification?

Different Types of Gasifiers?

Animal Health Growth Enhancers Algae Nutrient Removal
Solid-Liquid Separation Anaerobic Digestion  
Beyond Greenhouse Gases
Environmental Footprint Land Footprint Economics
(Life Cycle Costing or LCC)
Water Footprint (University fact sheet) Water Footprint (Pork Checkoff) Air Quality

Tools for Farmers

Pork Production Environmental Footprint Calculator – a tool that allows users to input data from a farm and look at the environmental and economic implications of difference choices.

Materials for Educators

Ag in the Classroom activity on exploring interactions between agricultural decisions and greenhouse gas emissions using swine production

Fact sheets: What is a water footprint? | What is a land footprint? | What is a carbon footprint?

Videos/Archived Webinars

  • Thermal Conversion of Animal Manure to Biofuel – Go to archive… (February, 2014)
  • Life Cycle Assessment Modeling for the Pork Industry – Go to archive…. (July, 2012)
  • Producer Association Efforts to Address Carbon Footprint (Pork and Poultry) – Go to archive… (June, 2012)

Research Summaries

a five-year project examining different aspects of the environmental footprint of pork production was recently completed. This project looked at feed rations, animal health, and manure management to provide data for integration into a comprehensive


This information is part of the program “Integrated Resource Management Tool to Mitigate the Carbon Footprint of Swine Produced In the U.S.,” and is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68002-30208 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Project website: https://lpelc.org/integrated-resource-management-tool-to-mitigate-the-carbon-footprint-of-swine-produced-in-the-united-states/.