The pig has had an essential role in mankind's domesticity. | DANIEL ESPINOSA
Since some 10,000 years ago, when humans stopped being hunters and gatherers and settled down in one place, with cultivated crops and farm animals providing food, the pig has had an essential role in mankind's domesticity. For those primitive farmers, the beauty of the pig was that it was easily fed and no time was lost in grooming it. Yet it provided fresh food plus sausages, bacon, ham and other charcuterie during the harsh winter months when food was scarce.