Energy & Environment

Bacon at any cost

Bacon at any cost

It’s bad enough that global warming prophecies predict seas around the world will rise, a million species will become extinct, and hurricanes and cyclones will level the landscape, but now dire forecasts say a world shortage of bacon is looming.

The theory goes like this: Climate change has created a drought, the drought drives up the cost of feed, pig farmers can’t afford feed, pig farmers can’t afford pigs, the crunchy goodness of a BLT goes silent.

This. Must. Stop.

Britain’s National Pig Association is urging consumers on their side of the pond to pay the higher prices when the shortage is expected to hit in six months to keep their pig producers in business.

In the U.S., the Agriculture Department (USDA) spent $100 million on a pork-buying program, and in China, the government is putting pork into cold storage.

“High temperatures in Mid-western States will all but certainly have a negative impact on U.S. pork production next year,” the USDA said in an August report.

“High feed costs from lower U.S. corn and soybean production is expected to reduce U.S. pork production in 2013. Per capita consumption of pork products in 2013 are expected to decline by 1.23 percent. Next year, per capita consumption of red meat and poultry is expected to drop below 200 pounds per person for the first time since 1990,” the USDA report said.

R.C. Hunt president of the National Pork Producers Council, said the USDA help would assist producers “struggling with the effects of this severe drought, which has adversely affected much of the nation’s corn crop.”

Bacon-loving Americans should follow the lead of Britain’s pig association, and support U.S. producers when hard times come a knocking this winter.

Save the pigs, because they are delicious.

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