Australian funds allocated for research into health benefits of eating pork

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 17th April 2012

The Australian Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), which consists of companies in the Australian pork industry, research organisations and universities, has allocated funds for the purpose of researching the health benefits of pork.

The Pork CRC has allocated a set amount of its research funds for projects designed to fill gaps in its existing knowledge, or to develop system-changing technologies in pork production.

The Pork CRC has set the following priorities for projects:

– To determine the role of pork as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle on weight management and weight maintenance to address health issues, including Type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease in Australia.

– To demonstrate the use and form of pork in the diet of elderly Australians to preserve muscle mass and cognition.

– To demonstrate the inherent benefits of consuming pork in diets of Australian children, with a particular focus on innovative methods to incorporate pork into children’s meals.

– The effect of pork on protein digestion and amino acid metabolism.

Up to AU$50,000 for each project will be funded by the Pork CRC.

Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell said, “Applications will be judged on the impact of the proposed outcomes on the Australian pork industry, the novelty of the research, the potential of the project to develop IP, the quality of the science and experimental approach, the budget and the history of the researcher/research team to deliver outcomes, on time and within budget.”

Applications need to be lodged with the Pork CRC by April 20, 2012.