Skip to comments.Bacon, pork shortage 'now unavoidable,' industry group says
Posted on 09/25/2012 4:47:58 AM PDT by Abathar
Might want to get your fill of ham this year, because "a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable," according to an industry trade group.
Blame the drought conditions that blazed through the corn and soybean crop this year. Less feed led to herds declining across the European Union at a significant rate, according to the National Pig Assn. in Britain.
And the trend is being mirrored around the world, according to a release (hat tip to the Financial Times).
In the second half of next year, the number of slaughtered pigs could fall 10%, doubling the price of European pork, according to the release.
The trade group urged supermarkets to pay pig farmers a fair price for the meat to help cover the drought-related losses.
In U.S. warehouses, pork supply soared to a record last month, rising 31% to 580.8 million pounds at the end of August from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The surge came as farmers scaled down their herds as feeding the animals became increasingly expensive.
In July, global food prices leaped 10% from the month before, according to the World Bank. Maize and wheat jumped 25% while soybeans rose 17%.
Muslim plot or Bush’s fault?
In my state (Georgia) there is an open season on hogs. You can kill them 365 days/year and they are still multiplying like crazy. Come and help yourselves to all the bacon you want.
I see an opportunity to kill the Ethanol subsidy.
People are not going to be happy paying 50% more for food.
When huge numbers of the voting populace are unhappy there is an opportunity to educate them as to the stupid things there government is doing that make there lives miserable.
If we can get it in the press how much the Ethanol Subsidy is cost them the people will make Congress uncomfortable and maybe the Ethanol Subsidy will vaporize.
Sounds to me like a lot more people are going to raise their own.
neighbors will band together feeding several hogs that will be then slaughtered, and that same band of people will then share the ham.
The cities may starve of pork, Moslem controlled areas of the food industry will sabotage pork production, but the heartland of America will never ever lose its pork.
Bloomberg! He knows bacon is no good for you (unless it’s Kevin).
If I were in Alaska, I would do the same.
Pity I’m in a burb in MI.
My employer did indeed buy a ranch fed hog a couple of years ago, huge animal. He took an old 4 yard loader bucket and propped it up over a huge pile of old pallets, filled it with water to boil and dunked his hog in it with the company boom truck we use for delivering concrete septic tanks, same truck he uses for picking up moose that are struck on the highway, we get on average over 400 moose strikes per year in our area of Alaska (Wasilla).
problem is the cities will feel the crunch of a shortage first, its the cities that will panic. people from the cities will travel out trying to steal from those in the sticks.
The people from the city will die.
Even staunchest dems will get cranky and vote with their stomach when they can’t get bacon.”
Makes the muzzies and vegans happy though.
“people from the cities will travel out trying to steal from those in the sticks.”
Yeah, they will die if they try that, but I am also reminded many think these products simply come from the store. They may not even know what to look for to find ham and bacon. Most cannot stomach seeing any blood either and could not dream of butchering an animal for food. They will die in various ways then, not only taking their life in their own hands by trying to steal my pigs.
Maybe anti zombie technology will be needed to protect the bacon supply?
I have my doubts about any “shortage.”
Too many small and medium size producers with investments in hog factories. Gotta run animals through them to pay back the investment.
I hope he shot the hog before dunking him into boiling water!
I would not be surprised to hear some city dweller doing the same thinking of cooking a lobster.
Though if they do I hope it happens next door to a mosque.
With loudspeakers and reverbs.
The subsidy ended nearly a year ago, 12-31-2011.
I don’t eat pork or pork products. It’s not a religious thing; pork just upsets my stomach. The effects need not be discussed in polite company. I can no longer afford beef or lamb. Fish is mostly unaffordable these days as well. I like chicken well enough but it can get boring.
Of course I’m sitting here on six acres of meadow way out in the woods. Lots of ducks are on the pond across the road, deer and turkeys walk through every day and there’s a Mossberg 835 not ten feet away.
The government should force farmers to produce agricultural commodities at below the cost of production. Apparently, it's the American way.
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