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    Now It’s Serious: Global Bacon Shortage ‘Unavoidable’

    Posted on September 25, 2012 at 4:11pm by Becket Adams

    The droughts of 2012 have led to higher prices in raw commodities, The Blaze reported earlier this year, and now some are saying this will lead to an “unavoidable” global bacon shortage.

    Bacon, folks. Bacon.

    “Economically, it’s not a good time,” Tim Maiers of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, the fourth largest of its kind in the U.S., tells CBS Illinois.

    Increases in raw commodities have led to increased costs in maintaining herds. As a result, farmers in both the U.S. and Europe have been forced to downsize the size of their herds and cut back on production. This has led to Britain’s National Pig Association, “the voice of the British pig industry,” to issue a statement claiming a shortage of bacon worldwide “is now unavoidable,” CBS News reports.

    But … not the bacon!

    The British trade group reported last week that production for Europe’s main pig producers declined between 2011 and 2012, a trend that “is being mirrored around the world.” And you know what the group blames this on? You guessed it: an increase in feed costs.

    Likewise, the U.S. Department of Agriculture in August claimed that a reduction in pork for 2013 can be blamed on — you guessed it — the Midwest drought. As feed prices continue to rise, we can expect hog producers to cut back on production to control costs.

    “Considering those factors, the USDA forecasted next year’s pork production at 23 billion pounds, a decrease of about 1.3 percent from this year’s estimated total. That breaks down to Americans consuming slightly more than 45 pounds of pork per capita in 2013, a reduction of more than 1 percent from this year’s estimates,” CBS News reports.

    “The decline in production could be worse in Europe. On Wednesday, British Pig Executive Mick Sloyan told European retailers that pork losses could be as high 10 percent in the latter half of 2013, which could double pork prices, according to the U.K. pig association,” the report adds.

    If ever there were a time to get serious about global events, now is that time.
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    My wife tried to feed me turkey bacon.

    But I caught her. I haven't decided what to do. She's the only one that can cook.

    Dang! End of the world is here.
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    HORSE BACON?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    My wife tried to feed me turkey bacon.

    But I caught her. I haven't decided what to do. She's the only one that can cook.

    Dang! End of the world is here.

    About 15 years ago, I was asked to bring bacon to a work breakfast gathering. My coworkers at the time all had had heart attacks or strokes, and my supervisor had a pacemaker. This was before I taught myself to make spinach pie-that's what everyone requests now, and it probably has just as much fat as a few pieces of bacon (3 sticks of butter makes everything taste better).

    I brought turkey bacon, and the only one who was happy was the woman who doesn't eat red meat, but will eat poultry and fish. I just told them that I wouldn't be able to live with myself if one of them had another heart attack after eating bacon.

    It tasted all right, but I will admit it was not as good as real bacon.
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