PIC leads the world in the application of biotechnology to the pig breeding stock business. Development in this area has many potential benefits to producers and consumers as well as to both animals and the environment, e.g., improved meat quality, increased disease resistance, elimination of congenital defects, etc. We also recognize the moral and ethical concerns that exist in sections of the general public.
PIC's breeding program is based on a process of natural selection. This is consistent with farming practices for many centuries. The application of biotechnology (e.g., artificial insemination, marker assisted selection, etc.) helps us to improve the speed and effectiveness of this process.
PIC will continue to support research into new applications of biotechnology. This will be done in accordance with international regulations and guidelines on animal welfare and food safety.
PIC is actively involved in the public debate on the future use of biotechnology. Any decision to market the product of this research commercially, will only be taken after detailed assessment of the state of public perception and clear communication to our customers of the process used.