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Bacon Shortage Looming, Pork Industry Experts Warn

A worldwide shortage of pork products, wrought by the drought this year, is approaching, an industry trade group says.

Could bacon, that all-time favorite breakfast meat, begin disappearing from store shelves?

One pork trade group says a world-wide pork shortage, including disappearing bacon stores, will happen.

"A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable," Britain's National Pig Association said in a press release. "New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world. Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by high pig-feed costs, caused by the global failure of maize and soya harvests."

In the U.S., the widespread summer drought this year has devastated corn and other feed crops, leading pig farmers to slaughter thier herds early. That, in turn, has temporarily boosted pork supplies in the U.S., according to a Bloomberg News Report. But the record slaughter of pigs in the U.S. this year means farmers will have smaller herds next year and will bring fewer pork products to the markert.

Jim G. September 25, 2012 at 05:28 PM
As bacon is often pointed out - correctly - as one of the very worst foods on grocery shelves, with no redeeming qualities at all... what's the problem?
Hunter September 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Bacon, PROCESSED bacon, is indeed harmful, in excess. Any processed foods can be. Pork is a large part of many people's diets, bacon is only one product we get from hogs. Think about the ham at Christmas, the ribs for a July 4th Bar B Que, or many other dishes. Due to the early slaughter, prices for these are going nowhere but UP. THAT'S the problem.
Jayme Kunze September 25, 2012 at 06:06 PM
My problem with it is that I find it so delicious : )
Jim G. September 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Right, the real point is that all pork products will be getting more expensive. But the headline and the focus is on bacon. There's not much difference between "processed" bacon and jenn-you-wine farm-cured bacon: both are fried fat saturated with salt and nitrites. It's one of the few foods that the food industry can't make worse, even by piling sugar and artificial flavor and other preservatives in it. It can certainly be made less appealing: I will fall for a good slice of applewood-smoked bacon from time to time, but the sad, smelly, limp and overpowering stuff that Burger King drapes over its burgers makes me gag just thinking about it...
J. Wiley Dumas September 25, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Fry it up nice and crisp in a cast iron skillet and enjoy it while you can.

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