What you need to know about the bacon shortage.

Written by Lillian Tram on October 13th, 2012

Picture from Loveless Cafe @ http://www.lovelesscafe.com/2012/09/28/news-of-global-bacon-shortage-is-hogwash/


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!




Well… no.


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.


Picture from The Christian Science Moniter http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2012/0926/Bacon-shortage-It-s-coming-British-group-warns.-video


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?!


13 Responses to “What you need to know about the bacon shortage.”

  1. Dan The Man says:

    “Porkchops and bacon, my two favorite animals.” (H. Simpson)

    Just like the religious people said, the Aporkalypse is upon us.

  2. Roger Smitty says:

    Go figure. Ok, so they use up a big chunk of corn feed corn and other feed products production to create ethanol to use as a fuel…. and after all that and the subsidies that go with it, they finally wake up and realize they have problems with normal feed crop production, and that problem will impact pork production and there might be a breakfast bacon shortage. Outrageous.
    So much for the effects of the much hyped ethanol for fuel. I like to call it myth-anol as it is not as viable as they claim.
    Oh, but this was about bacon – but they are linked… Yup. Anyway, it couldn’t hurt for people to try turkey bacon or a healthier alternative for breakfast.

    • Lillian Tram says:

      You make a valid point Roger. Healthier alternatives aren’t as tasty though. There’s no replacement for bacon.

  3. Gina Mohr says:

    I do love turkey bacon, but exactly. Pork bacon is waaay more tasty unfortunately. I’ve also tried chicken bacon and veggie bacon – yuck. But anyway, I studied in college that food should never become scarce. Farmers will come up with something, so don’t worry people :).

  4. Davey says:

    Unsure if I can give up my love for pork products. Bacon is my number one pork love. I can’t imagine going to my local favorite biscuit place Martins ordering a bacon,egg,and cheese biscuit. Then the counter person telling me no bacon available. I will have bacon rage!!! Glad the shortage has been prevented once again. Thanks, for the good news of the day.

  5. Kimberly M. says:

    Oh my god, I would die without bacon lol. I’ve tried bacon alternatives and they just don’t cut it.

  6. Devron Jakeman says:

    There’s no way there’d ever be a bacon shortage imo. People would probably just start breeding pigs left, right and center I bet.

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