Chicken Little or shall we say, Piggy Little is telling us the sky is falling? My God, global bacon shortages!
Global bacon shortage “unavoidable,” group says
By Alex Sundby
(CBS News) BLTs next year might have to forego the B, according to a British trade group.
Britain’s National Pig Association, “the voice of the British pig industry,” warned recently that a global shortage of bacon and pork “is now unavoidable” because of shrinking herds.
But the projected decline isn’t news to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In its monthly outlook report (PDF) from August, the department linked a reduction next year in the United States to this year’s drought in the Midwest. The government expects corn and soybean meal prices to go up and hog producers to cut production in an attempt to control losses in their operating 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.
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So bacon in Britain and the world is in dire straights of having a shortage and price increases.
If you look at the U. S. production it doesn’t seem as bad as across the pond. How much less in 2013 will Americans consume in bacon?
U.S. bacon shortage in 2013 equals what, 7 – 9 less ounces. The media will be running with this story to scare Americans into a bacon shortage in 2013 which will never happen.
The sky is falling.
U.S. production will be about 9 to 12 less strips of bacon with your eggs in the entire year of 2013.