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The Complicated Relationship Between Man and Pig

Aug 4, 2015

 

Mark Essig's new book, Lesser Beasts, is published by Basic Books.

From ancient kosher laws, to modern bacon festivals, the pig has been called the most “loved and loathed” animal to grace our plates. In this hour of Midday, we’ll hear why these domesticated and highly intelligent creatures have been written off as lazy, filthy gluttons to some; lunch to others, and to an even smaller group, they’re surprisingly close to human. Our guest is historian Mark Essig, author of "Lesser Beasts: The Snout to Tail History of the Humble Pig."