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Interview with Paul Klingeman, Pure Country Pork, 2006 (audio)


Paul Klingeman

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26 minutes


Pork Industry and trade -- Oregon, Sustainable agriculture


Interview of Paul Klingeman by Erin Downy on August 3rd, 2006.


Paul Klingeman is a farmer and Swine Specialist. He manages Pure Country Pork, which in 2007 became the first farm to earn a Food Alliance Certification under new national standards for pork production. Food Alliance uses a third party site inspection of humane animal treatment, labor conditions, and environmental protection standards to promote sustainable agricultural and production practices.


Paul Klingeman, manager and marketing representative of Pure Country Pork, describes the operations of the first sustainable hog operation in the United States to earn Food Alliance Certification. The certification requires adherence to specific guidelines for sustainable farming, largely by producing high quality pork that has been born and raised in a sustainable and natural environment. The pigs are free to move about and have access to fresh water and wholesome feed that is specifically formulated to their growth needs; they are raised without antibiotics, added hormones, growth stimulants, or animal byproducts. He expands on the company philosophy in an informative story about his family business.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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