According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, the following heritage breeds of pigs are critically endangered and on the verge of extinction:
In addition to the critically endangered breeds, Tamworth is threatened and Hereford is on “watch” status, which means more attention needs to be paid to its breeding. These statistics come from voluntarily given information from breeders, as well as breed associations on the number of animals raised or registered.
These heritage breeds not only preserve a piece of our food history, but also provide rich, flavorful meat without a lot of the health problems associated with highly specific breeding practices. In addition, heritage breeds are typically smaller, which makes them excellent candidates for small farms and urban homesteads.
If you are looking to buy pork that tastes great and is free from chemicals, look around your area for naturally raised heritage pork. If you want to begin raising your own, these breeds are an excellent place to start. You will help preserve a breed while getting healthy, delicious meat in return.