In the middle of Lent, Catholics are abstaining from pork the same time Australian pork farmers considering throwing in the towel. Australian industry should be taking notice – the future of pig farming hinges upon a decision that will determine how Australian governments deal with import surges.

The pork industry is in crisis – and it’s not the drought. Pork imports increased by 48% last year. They have been increasing at roughly 23% annually since 2002. Operators have downsized piggeries. Staff have been laid off. The industry could collapse within 12 months.