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We hope to inform and educate people in an entertaining way about the

maya box keken pig and why it is important economically and culturally.

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1. The Maya’s Porcine Peacekeeper

In any community there are people who avoid each other because of unresolved conflicts or incompatibilities. But on special occasions in a Maya village, when someone kills a pig, it’s understood that everyone feasts, friend or foe. No invitation necessary….

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2. Dilemma of a Vegetarian Pig Farmer

After a few hundred years scratching around in the dirt, archaeologists still wonder exactly how the Maya fed a thriving civilization on the thin, rocky soil of drought-prone central Yucatan. What plants and animals did they depend on for survival? This question is central to how I accidentally became a pig farmer…

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Animal Stress and Human Hormones

Stress experienced by pigs during transport, handling and slaughter, significantly elevates their levels of adrenaline, cortisol and steroids. Regular consumption of meat laden with these hormones can create an increase in female sex hormone (estrogen) and a decrease in male sex hormone (testosterone). 

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A New Lease on Lard

You won’t believe this. Remember lard, the pig fat that our grandmas or great grandmas used before vegetable oil? It’s actually healthy. No kidding. Not to be confused with Crisco shortening, the white greasy stuff in every 60s fridge. That was just hydrogenated vegetable fat. We’re talking about old fashioned cooking oil rendered from pig fat. …Read More…

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A Happier, Better Pork

Fear and stress at slaughter affects the texture, color and taste of meat. The Guidelines for Humane Handling, notes that “…when animals are subjected to manhandling, fighting in the pens, and bad stunning techniques, the fright and stress causes a rapid breakdown of muscle glycogen. Muscle proteins lose their water holding capacity, resulting in pale, acidic, tasteless meat.”

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