What you need to know about the bacon shortage.Written by Lillian Tram on October 13th, 2012
So you may have heard about it , there’s a bacon shortage out there! Just a few months from now, there will be no more bacon in all of America, and all you bacon lovers are completely out of luck when it comes to bacon and ham!
There are changes coming up in the pork industry, but there’s no shortage that will turn into scarcity or anything worse. So for all you worried pork lovers out there, that European study released this summer was wrong; we are not facing a complete pork shortage and we will not stop selling pork in the next few months. Quite the opposite will take place, in fact.
However, all is not well in the land of pork. There’s a serious drought happening in America right now, and while there won’t be a bacon shortage, prices of bacon and pork products are going to rise pretty substantially in the next year, perhaps by as much as ten percent.
What looks to happen is a slight decline in pork production heading into 2013, but the idea that there will be a shortage coming is, well, hogwash. Between the droughts here in the U.S., and rising fuel and transportation costs to move products and pigs, the pig production will be affected and prices will have to rise to make up for costs.
Corn prices hit record highs this summer, and that will affect the price of pretty much every good and product related to corn – including animal products like pork and bacon. And those high costs are affecting every level of the production line, too; high corn prices mean less feed available for pigs, which in turns means fewer pigs produced, and – yes guys – less bacon.
While the years before the drought were good to the pork industry, the game has changed, and new restrictions could see prices for bacon and ham rise by as much as ten percent in the next few months. These things have a way of ebbing and flowing, though, and by next summer pork prices may be back down to normal levels again.
Nevertheless, wave off all your worries about any ham or bacon shortages – it’s just not going to happen. The United States has plenty of pork to go around, and we will remain strong in pork production, even if you take a hit in the wallet to buy it.
But hey, you can always save money by not making other purchases so you can have bacon every morning, right? Who needs to pay rent when you can eat pork every day, anyways?!