October 1, 2012
Eat Up! There’s Plenty Of Bacon For Everyone
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Social media loves rumors and chain messages, and while the political campaign ads as of late do not have much validation to offer when it comes to truths, it looks as though the biggest scandalous rumor this year is that we are running out of bacon.
News has been spreading in the past few weeks that a bacon shortage is upon us, and we need to get prepared. However, U.S. agricultural economists have dismissed reports about a global shortage in bacon, and it has ensured us that there is still plenty of pork to eat.
Previous reports, including one here on redOrbit, detailed how droughts could lead to an "unavoidable" worldwide shortage of pork and bacon. For those who love their brunch, this talk was heresy. "A shortage of bacon? Maybe the Mayan calendar was right after all."
Steve Meyer, president of Iowa-based Paragon Economics and a consultant to the National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board, wrote to the Associated Press (AP) that our concerns were safe, but that we still can expect a little repercussions for being bacon lovers next year.
"If the definition of shortage is that you can't find it on the shelves, then no, the concern is not valid. If the concern is higher cost for it, then yes," he told the AP.
While bacon shortage feeds swept the social media outlet by storm, the American Farm Bureau Federation also ensured everyone that there will still be plenty of Wilbur for everyone to consume.
"Pork supplies will decrease slightly as we go into 2013," Farm Bureau economist John Anderson told the AP. "But the idea that there'll be widespread shortages, that we'll run out of pork, that's really overblown."
redOrbit reported previously that the British National Pig Association (NPA) started a "Save Our Bacon" campaign that asked consumers to purchase pork under the British independent Red Tractor logo as an increase in demand for British product to help supermarkets jump on this gravy train and lower cost.
In the age that all things go viral, and despite the Porky allegations, it looks as though bacon is safe, for now.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Friday that a pound of sliced bacon costs an average of $4.05 at the nation's supermarkets, which is down 22 cents from a week earlier.
Phil Borgic, a pig producer, also ensured everyone that our concerns about a life of eggs without bacon are hogwash.
"The U.S. has plenty of pork, and we won't run out here," he told AP. "We'll have some price inflation, but we have plenty of supply."