American pork products are now being shipped to China — the world’s biggest and most populous nation. It’s a win-win situation for U-S pork producers and U-S consumers to have China as a trading partner, according to Iowa State University agribusiness economist Dermot Hayes. He says in the short run they import a lot of U-S variety meats.Professor Hayes says American consumers will not see any increases in pork prices due to the Chinese trade agreement, while U-S pork producers will likely earn another five dollars per head. He says they use the hog much differently than in the United States. Hayes says the Chinese view as delicacies many parts of the pig which Americans would be more prone to toss out — things like the hog’s internal organs, tail and ears.Hayes spoke recently before the U-S Senate Finance Committee on the benefits of strengthening U-S/China relations.
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