MANILA, Philippines –  Is there such a thing as healthy, processed meat?

The Department of Agriculture – Southern Tagalog Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-STIARC) in Lipa City gives a resounding yes to this question through a project on meat processing that makes use of herbs and spices instead of synthetic ingredients that are made up mostly of chemicals.

With the high population of native pigs and native chicken in the province of Batangas, the project team figured that the meat from these native animals, once processed and enlivened by natural herbs and spices, would not only be a good match, but a downright healthy mix.

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