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Why in China began to raise pigs the size of a polar bear?

In the article about the successful creation of artificialwe mentioned pork that China is one of the largest consumers of pork meat. However, at the moment, the so-called African swine fever is widely spread in Asia. This disease does not pose a danger to humans, but pigs, when infected, suffer from fever, bouts of vomiting, paralysis of the hind limbs and ultimately die. Due to the mass extinction of pork, Asian farmers began to suffer losses, so they decided to raise animals the size of polar bears. But is this possible?

Pigs can weigh more than a ton.

It turns out that yes. According to the American publication Bloomberg, one of the farmers in the Chinese Autonomous Region of Guangxi grows pigs weighing more than 500 kilograms. For comparison, the body weight of an adult male polar bear is 450 kilograms. Breeding huge pigs brings the farmer an income of about $ 1,400, which is three times the average income in the province.

The mass of an adult polar bear reaches 450 kilograms

The biggest pig in the world

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest inthe world’s pig is Big Bill, who lived in the 20th century. Its weight was 1157 kilograms, and in size it was larger than its owner. An unusual animal at one time attracted the attention of many people, so it was often taken to various exhibitions. However, one of the trips became fatal for the pig - when it was taken to the World Chicago Exhibition in 1933, the truck driver increased its speed too sharply. As a result, the pig could not stand its own weight, broke its leg and had to euthanize it because of severe torment.

The biggest pig in the world named Big Bill

Great weight is one of the most importantcauses of death of large pigs. The same problem also killed the Ton Pig pig, raised in 2004, weighing more than 900 kilograms. The pigs raised in China today are mostly slaughtered by farmers before their own mass destroys them. According to Bloomberg, an increase in average pig weight of 14% allows farmers to get 30% more profit.

Such pigs are raised in China today.

Pork deficit

Apparently, raising huge pigs willstill relevant for a long time. The fact is that in an attempt to stop the spread of African plague, farmers had to destroy 250 to 300 million animals. In addition to the need to grow huge pigs, farmers need to carefully protect them from other diseases and avoid the occurrence of marriage. Because of this, the price of pork continues to rise, and the change in value will soon be observed in other countries.

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Besides the pork deficit, today in the worldthere is a shortage of bananas. The reason again lies in the disease - in Latin America, where the largest number of bananas are grown, the so-called "Panamanian disease" spreads. In the 1950s, it caused the disappearance of the Gro-Michel banana variety, which was popular at that time. It was distinguished by a particularly thick peel, which protected the fruits from damage during transport. Perhaps in the near future prices for bananas will also increase.