The human population of North Carolina's Duplin County is near fifty thousand. The pig population if near two million, making it one of the most populous pig counties in America.
During the War of 1812, a New York packer named Uncle Sam Wilson shipped several hundred barrel of salt port to American troops. Each barrel was stamped "U.S." The was how "Uncle Sam" came to represent the United States government.
In 1995 one of the worst hog waste disasters occurred in North Carolina when a lagoon dike holding 25 million gallons of liquid pig waste collapsed and found its way into the New River. This event greatly influenced ongoing environmental reform in the pork industry.
In 1992 doctors at Duke University were the first to successfully attach a pig liver to a dying patient to buy time until a human liver was available. A series of live pig livers lasted three days until a human liver transplant saved the patient's life.
Narrator: Meet the pig, to some he's an ideal pet, to others he's four legged meat market. His hams, chops, bacon and even head cheese fuel a 100 billion dollar a year business. We may rearrange his DNA in the name of culinary progress, but this intelligent creature remains a trusted ally, he might even save your life. Now, The Pig, on Modern Marvels.