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Global Bacon Shortage Now “Unavoidable;” Is Armageddon Far Behind?

Submitted by on September 25, 2012 – 8:28 amOne Comment

In what is surely the clearest sign yet that we are approaching the End of Days, a U.K. industry group announced this week that, due to severe drought and high feed costs, a “world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable.”

Oh. Dear. God.

I think Master of Bacon Ron Swanson would actually cry another time over this news.

The US and much of the world did suffer through some severe droughts this summer, raising the price of grain, among other problems. So I can believe that we’ll see the prices of meat rise this winter.

But I’m starting to wonder if the author of the press release, the U.K.’s National Pig Association (“Fighting for the growth and prosperity of the British Pig Industry) is exaggerating concerns so that it can demand “a fair price” from retailers. Or maybe I’m just looking for any way this terrible news won’t be true.

Hopefully, our good old ‘Murican pig farmers have been spared from this hardship; one report suggests that hog herds could be maintained on “spent restaurant grease and rejected ingredients from packaged snack food companies.”

Also, I have to wonder if the pig supply in the U.K. is a bit more strained than it is here in the States. While it seems crazy to question America’s demand for bacon and pork ribs, keep in mind that “traditional breakfasts” in the various British Isles and former domains can include bacon, bacon rashers, sausage links, sliced sausage, black pudding, white pudding, and hog’s pudding… at the same time. And that’s just the first meal of the day.

What do you think? Should bacon lovers everywhere be worried?

[via Huffington Post]

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