A History of Pigs in China: From Curious Omnivores to Industrial Pork

  title={A History of Pigs in China: From Curious Omnivores to Industrial Pork},
  author={Brian Lander and Mindi Schneider and Katherine Brunson},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={865 - 889}
Pigs have played a central role in the subsistence and culture of China for millennia. The close relationship between pigs and people began when humans gradually domesticated wild pigs over 8,000 years ago. While pigs initially foraged around settlements, population growth led people to pen their pigs, which made them household trash processors and fertilizer producers. Household pigs were in daily contact with people, who bred them to fatten quickly and produce larger litters. Early modern… 
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