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As concerned as I am with animal welfare, I hope the pig you just ate was strictly confined.

An NYT op-ed describes a study which shows that 2 of 600 free-range pigs tested had trichinosis, which is bad news.

It’s a good reminder that “natural” things don’t always lead to better health, and hints at the possibility that it’s a fuzzy, useless category.

The conclusion is sound: “After all, if clean and humane methods of production cannot be developed, there’s only one ethical choice left for the conscientious consumer: a pork-free diet.”

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