It’s hard not to let a reading list rage out of control, so for now I’ll try to stick to things that pertain particularly to pigs, and/or to pigs in China.  Clearly, this is not even close to exhaustive.  I’ll refresh and update, and additions are always welcome.


Who Will Feed China: Agribusiness or Its Own Farmers? GRAIN, August 2012 (English, Chinese, French, Spanish versions)

Feeding China’s Pigs: Implications for the Environment, China’s Smallholder Farmers and Food Security IATP, May 2011

China’s Pork Miracle?: Agribusiness and Development in China’s Pork Industry IATP, February 2014

Swine of the Times: the making of the modern pig by Nathaniel Johnson in Harper’s, May 2006

Livestock’s Long Shadow: environmental issues and options FAO report, 2006

Skillful means: The challenges of China’s encounter with factory farming Brighter Green Policy Paper, August 2008

Boss Hog by Jeff Tietz in Rolling Stone, December 14, 2006


Imhoff, D. (Ed.) (2010). The CAFO Reader: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories.  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Johnsen, C. (2003). Raising a Stink: The Struggle over Factory Hog Farms in Nebraska.  Lincoln, NE: Bison Books.

King, F.H. (1911). Farmers of forty centuries: Organic farming in China, Korea, and Japan. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.

Thu, K.M. & E.P. Durrenberger (Eds.). (1998). Pigs, Profits, and Rural Communities.  Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.


Nierenberg, D.  (2005). Happier meals: Rethinking the global meat industry (Wordlwatch Paper 171).  Washington, DC: WorldWatch Institute.


Pig Business a film by Tracy Worchester that you can watch online.