Overshadowed recently by animal welfare and meat safety disputes, environmental issues remain a major cost threat to producers and buyers of pigs. New pollution controls agreed by EU Environment Ministers will force herd contraction in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Similar constraints are emerging in other countries, even New Zealand, though perhaps the most unusual environmental control victim is Florida producer Paul Thompson, who faces a lawsuit from a neighbouring golf club objecting to the country music he plays as relaxation therapy for his hogs. {{MEAT }}