Thank you for taking our survey on feeding food waste to pigs! It only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

In the below “food waste” refers to good quality food which is not edible to humans but is edible to pigs, which is currently wasted by the catering, manufacturing and retail industries. This includes food ranging from restaurant kitchen and plate leftovers, to meat byproducts from factories, to unsold sandwiches from supermarkets.

Currently a government ban prevents many types of food waste from being fed to pigs in the UK and Europe. The Pig Idea suggests a solution to this: to reform the law to ensure more food waste can be fed to pigs, as long as it is heat-treated and well-regulated to prevent disease and ensure it is safe.
What type of pork do you usually buy, if any?

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* 1. What type of pork do you usually buy, if any?

Conventional feed is usually a combination of soya, wheat, rapeseed and barley. Would you consider pork raised on food waste more or less environmentally friendly?

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* 2. Conventional feed is usually a combination of soya, wheat, rapeseed and barley. Would you consider pork raised on food waste more or less environmentally friendly?

Would you support the law being changed to allow more food waste to be fed to pigs, if this could be proved to be done safely?

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* 3. Would you support the law being changed to allow more food waste to be fed to pigs, if this could be proved to be done safely?

Would you buy pork which comes from pigs fed on food waste (after it's been heat-treated to make it safe)?

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* 4. Would you buy pork which comes from pigs fed on food waste (after it's been heat-treated to make it safe)?

How much would you be willing to pay for “eco-pork” from pigs fed on food waste?

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* 5. How much would you be willing to pay for “eco-pork” from pigs fed on food waste?

How comfortable would you feel about the inclusion of the following in pig feed?

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* 6. How comfortable would you feel about the inclusion of the following in pig feed?

  5=very comfortable 4=quite comfortable 3=indifferent/unsure 2=quite uncomfortable 1=very uncomfortable
Mixed restaurant leftovers (may contain meat, heat-treated)
Confectionery like biscuit crumbs from factories
Unsold bread from supermarkets
Unsold egg sandwiches from supermarkets (heat-treated if risk come into contact with meat)
Unsold bacon sandwiches from supermarkets (heat-treated)
Unsold chicken sandwiches from supermarkets (heat-treated)
Mixed household food leftovers (may contain meat, heat-treated)
Please read the brief text below before answering the following questions:

Pigs (including for organic pork) are currently fed on soya and other cereal crops, which have a high carbon and water footprint, and contribute to land pressures leading to rainforest deforestation. Alongside this, a third of all food globally is wasted, much of which could be fed to pigs.

Pigs are omnivores so are evolved to eat meat. Scientists have shown pigs can eat scraps of pork safely (they do so in the wild), and there is no evidence that pigs can contract BSE (mad cow disease). In 2017, a group of animal health and safety experts from the UK and Europe agreed it is possible to produce safe feed from food waste through heat treatment, potentially complemented with acidification (like in yoghurt production) which kills off all pathogens like Foot and Mouth disease. This is currently practiced in Japan. The experts concluded this would be safe in Europe as long as this is only done in licensed treatment plants which are off-farm,in a well-regulated way.

Food waste feeds could benefit pig health directly through nutritional diversity, and save farmers money, enabling them to invest more in higher welfare, more environmental farming.
After reading the above statement, would you feel more or less comfortable about eating pork from pigs fed on food waste?

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* 7. After reading the above statement, would you feel more or less comfortable about eating pork from pigs fed on food waste?

Are there particular types of food waste which you still feel uncomfortable being fed to pigs, and if so why?

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* 8. Are there particular types of food waste which you still feel uncomfortable being fed to pigs, and if so why?

What measures would assure you that eating pork fed on food waste is safe? (tick multiple boxes if needed)

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* 9. What measures would assure you that eating pork fed on food waste is safe? (tick multiple boxes if needed)

(Optional) IF you usually buy organic pork: Would you buy eco-pork from pigs which were reared on organic welfare principles, but fed on food which may not have been grown organically?

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* 10. (Optional) IF you usually buy organic pork: Would you buy eco-pork from pigs which were reared on organic welfare principles, but fed on food which may not have been grown organically?

(Optional) Please explain in more detail what you see the positives of feeding pigs on heat-treated food surplus to be

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* 11. (Optional) Please explain in more detail what you see the positives of feeding pigs on heat-treated food surplus to be

(Optional) Please explain in more detail what you see the negatives of feeding pigs on heat-treated food surplus to be

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* 12. (Optional) Please explain in more detail what you see the negatives of feeding pigs on heat-treated food surplus to be

(Optional) What is your age?

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* 13. (Optional) What is your age?

(Optional) What is your household size?

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* 14. (Optional) What is your household size?

(Optional) Do you live in a rural or urban region?

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* 15. (Optional) Do you live in a rural or urban region?

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