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Coming soon: Pork and bacon shortage (Prices to double by next summer)
American Thinker ^ | 09/26/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 09/26/2012 6:17:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A British pork industry group is predicting serious shortages next year that are now "unavoidable."

Fox News:

A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is "now unavoidable," a British industry group said in a press release.

Britain's National Pig Association (NPA) says that pig herds in Europe are shrinking. As if that isn't bad enough, this trend is "being mirrored around the world," the group says in the release. Drought conditions, especially in the U.S. and Russia, have taken a toll on the price of the grain crops used for animal feed, and world food prices are expected to
reach record highs in 2013.

The number of slaughtered pigs could drop by as much as 10 percent in the second half of next year, the NPA says. This would double the price of European pork and pork products.

The NPA is advising supermarkets to pay Britain's pig farmers a fair price to counter the high price of feed or "risk empty spaces on their shelves next year," said NPA chairman Richard Longthorp.

In the United States,
CBS Chicago reports that the price of pork belly has increased to $1.40 a pound in August, up from June's price of 94 cents a pound.   


(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: food; pork; porkshortage; shortage
Let them eat cake chicken.
1 posted on 09/26/2012 6:17:10 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Coming soon: Pork and bacon shortage (Prices to double by next summer)

I suspect that due to the economic policies of the current socialist occupant of the white hut, we'll be seeing shortages of a lot of things. This plays right into the Wookie's desire to control our diets as well.

2 posted on 09/26/2012 6:19:50 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: SeekAndFind
STOP THE ETHANOL FROM CORN....So the farmers go back to growing feed corn!!!!!!!!!!!!

Such a damn easy solution!!!

Tell the EPA to go to hell.

3 posted on 09/26/2012 6:21:26 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Some Hussein handler or suck-up somewhere is being congratulated for trying to eliminate non-muslim food from the world.

FU Hussein and your worshippers, too!


4 posted on 09/26/2012 6:27:06 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bacon is already higher per pound than steak (by the pound) here in WA. I treat the spouse to bacon from time to time....I actually buy by the slice (so we don’t over eat).

I’m hearing that all meat will be going up in price. My rancher friends have made money (for a change) on beef the last couple of years...which is nice for them. But dang! Getting to where a gal can’t afford a big ol’ ribeye. And now bacon?


5 posted on 09/26/2012 6:28:01 AM PDT by conservaKate (My vote will be against the One...not FOR Mittens.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Serious querstion:

If I stock up a freezer full of meats like pork loins, and we have a SHTF scenario and electricity goes out- is there anything you can do to save your freezer of meat?

I have heavy duty insulation, in the winter not as big a problem- use the outdoor temperatures, but in summer I thin a few hours a day of electricity to keep it freezing for another day would help for a while- until my gas supply ran out

I have canned foods and dry foods too- lots of ‘paper products’ and big on ‘home defense’ too

The freezer full of meat is my biggest worry in the hot summer

Drying? Beef and pork jerky?


6 posted on 09/26/2012 6:30:31 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: conservaKate

We have a small herd of cattle that we have to sell. No hay.
Eat mor chikin


7 posted on 09/26/2012 6:30:40 AM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: Mr. K

IIRC, you can toss all that into a barrel of salt for a long time, as long as it’s totally covered.

Do you have to thaw it first?


8 posted on 09/26/2012 6:33:12 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SeekAndFind
There will be no shortage. There will be plenty available to anyone willing to pay the price. It's called the "supply and demand" curve.


9 posted on 09/26/2012 6:33:57 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Huh? Supply here isn’t super elastic. I get that prices will rise as supply falls, but supply will still fall.


10 posted on 09/26/2012 6:37:35 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Mr. K
If I stock up a freezer full of meats ... is there anything you can do to save your freezer of meat?

You might look into a small solar panel, just enough to run your freezer -- not to "save the earth" but to save your bacon.

11 posted on 09/26/2012 6:40:40 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Alter Kaker

And there will be an equilibrium price at that supply.


12 posted on 09/26/2012 6:42:06 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Isn't doubling in price the norm under the current administration?

January 26, 2009 numbers

Regular gasoline/gallon $1.84

August 13, 2012 numbers

Regular gasoline/gallon $3.72

13 posted on 09/26/2012 6:44:26 AM PDT by deport
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To: Mr. K
Get a pressure canner and you could can it all in a long power outage.

You could do that on a gas grill or even over a wood or charcoal fire.

Check garage/yard sales and stock up on canning jars.

14 posted on 09/26/2012 6:46:22 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: SeekAndFind

Remember Obama bought the pork as “aid” for farmers in drought stress but EPA would NOT reduce ethanol requirements for gas thus making corn extra short and expensive in the severe drought. There you have socialist utopian thinking.

The good news is that hogs reproduce exponentially and when weather gets favorable, if God allows, pig farmers will quickly fill the need. Unless Obama has killed all the piggies. If so, we can round up the wild hogs and breed.


15 posted on 09/26/2012 6:48:00 AM PDT by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t see the problem. There should be plenty of Democrats around to make up the difference...


16 posted on 09/26/2012 6:50:04 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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To: deport
It's the “new normal”, as Rush likes to say. A lot of Obamaphiles are perfectly willing to ignore $4/gal gasoline because “we'll get used to it”. Funny how that wasn't the case when we were pushing $2/gal during the Bush years. Back then the Obamaphiles were screaming from the rooftops about how those “high prices” were the result of Halliburton and Bush's friends in the oil industry gouging the consumer. But now with Obama it's just the new normal. Lousy ‘Rats, I really hate them.
17 posted on 09/26/2012 6:52:08 AM PDT by chimera
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To: SeekAndFind

Time to go after the wild pigs here in the US....there’s plenty of pork.


18 posted on 09/26/2012 7:05:39 AM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: Victor

>Time to go after the wild pigs here in the US....there’s plenty of pork.<

Just make sure you cook it very, very well. Trichinosis is not a pleasant parasitical disease.


19 posted on 09/26/2012 7:13:03 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look for a second American revolution or civil war to become more likely and in a special event that Obama gets re-elected.


20 posted on 09/26/2012 7:15:46 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: SeekAndFind

With 40% of the US corn crop going to produce worthless ethanol that does nothing to lower our use of oil, coupled with drought conditions in the corn belt expect shortages and high prices of other meats too. Stock up your freezers now as farmers are liquidating their herds and prices for a time will be low.


21 posted on 09/26/2012 7:17:28 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Mr. K

If the temps were cool, you could make sausage. Chop up your pork, grind it, add salt & spices, put it in casings, and then hang it up to cure for a few weeks. No electricity needed. We also made prosciutto once or twice—basically impregnate the meat and cover the outside with salt & pepper and let it sit. Trouble is, for all this you need temps around the 40s.

For summer, how about a solar dehydrator?

http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Cooking/cooking.htm


22 posted on 09/26/2012 7:18:30 AM PDT by Claud
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To: SeekAndFind

BS. I’ve been in the meat business for 30+ years and you can quote me, it’s all hype, ain’t gonna happen.


23 posted on 09/26/2012 7:23:44 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: SeekAndFind

"Pork Bellies! I have a hunch something exciting is going to happen in the pork belly market this morning."

24 posted on 09/26/2012 7:26:57 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Sacajaweau

I can see some store being robbed. The booze was left, the cash register wasn’t touched but all the bacon was gone.


25 posted on 09/26/2012 7:36:30 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Mr. K
I don't know how pork would do drying,don't know why you couldn't just make sure you cook it before eating it, but the other meat can be dried and eaten without cooking in most cases.

You might do a chili grind to make it dry faster and use a little cure on it just to make sure it doesn't spoil while drying if you don't have a controlled heat source for drying.

26 posted on 09/26/2012 7:41:07 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Mr. K

As far as bacon goes, I’ve read that if you cook 1/2 the bacon, then cover the raw bacon in the resulting grease, it won’t go bad.

I don’t have confirmation of that, though. I do have a pressure canner, and plan to can many meats over the next few weeks.


27 posted on 09/26/2012 7:41:47 AM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: Darnright
A fair amount of wild hog is consumed, never hear of anyone getting Trichinosis. Would assume wild hog's diet being mostly non-human related would have lowered exposure to their picking up Trichinosis.

Do you have any link to contrary information regarding Trichinosis incidents?

28 posted on 09/26/2012 7:42:59 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: IMR 4350
My Grand Parents had a smoke house where they hung pork that was smoke cured and kept until consumed. Beef was canned as were vegetables and fruits.
29 posted on 09/26/2012 7:49:30 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt

If it weren’t for the d*mned HOA, I’d have a smokehouse, a root cellar and a chicken coop. I may still do that...they can put a lien on my house for all I care. I’m not moving anytime soon.


30 posted on 09/26/2012 7:54:35 AM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: X-spurt

Smoke curing is an even lower temp than just plain drying.

Did they do a salt cure first to make ham or did they just smoke cure it?


31 posted on 09/26/2012 8:00:32 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Sort-of. I suspect demand for pork is even less elastic than supply. People have to eat regardless of the price and there’s only a limited ability of folks to cut back on consumption or switch to other sources of protein. Not a huge problem in the US, but I’m thinking it might be a bigger issue in parts of Asia and Latin America where pork is a dietary staple.


32 posted on 09/26/2012 8:07:38 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: SeekAndFind

The author doesn’t know the hog/pork belly market. It’s quite common for wholesale bacon prices to reach an annual high in early August, then fall to annual lows in November. However, these folks are probably right in anticiapting much higher prices by next summer, since the summer surge in corn prices has almost surely caused a good bit of hog herd liquidation since late July. That’s just in time to cause a shortage of slaughter hogs next spring and summer. Actually, the USDA will release its quarterly Hogs & Pigs report concerning the hog population and outlook Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM CDT. We’ll know more then.


33 posted on 09/26/2012 8:22:19 AM PDT by McGarrett (Book'em Danno)
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To: Beagle8U

Usually around $10 for a dozen at Walmart.


34 posted on 09/26/2012 8:24:17 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: IMR 4350

Being pretty young when they still did the smoking, but I think it was salted then smoked. Didn’t seem very important at the time to ask details.


35 posted on 09/26/2012 8:29:21 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: melissa_in_ga

Our HOA is us and 3 dogs, laying hens and one “temporarily” happy pig. If SHTF I will definately be putting up a smoke house.

By the way GrandMa’s smoke house was made of adobe and doubled as a cool cellar. Not sure about adobe in East Texas, but I have garden soil that gets hard as brick so might work.


36 posted on 09/26/2012 8:34:49 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: X-spurt

Sounds right.

Bet for some strange reason there just happened to always be ham for a sandwich when you got hungry.


37 posted on 09/26/2012 9:02:50 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: dfwgator

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Randolph Duke: Randolph
[continuing]

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38 posted on 09/26/2012 9:19:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: X-spurt

In GA we have rocks and clay. However, I do live on almost 2 acres of heavy woods butting up to the Chattahoochee River. I COULD put a smoke house/root cellar out where the “tennis neighbors” couldn’t see it.


39 posted on 09/26/2012 9:25:41 AM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: melissa_in_ga

A couple of pigs would love to forage around in those couple of acres of woods.

And the cool part is, they’ll clean up the underbrush for you and make it into a park.


40 posted on 09/26/2012 9:28:39 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: X-spurt

Using a barrel as a “smokehouse”:

http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonlyres/92F96C14-3008-41AF-BEF6-138FA0107F63/13742/8203BarrelSmokehouse.pdf


41 posted on 09/26/2012 9:30:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

What about the coyotes? I can see putting a hen house out there, and covering it with mesh, but the hogs? I dunno.


42 posted on 09/26/2012 10:57:19 AM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: Darnright
How right you are....!!

Given that wild pigs are such a nuisance, I would think that this is an opportune time....

43 posted on 09/26/2012 5:20:34 PM PDT by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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To: X-spurt

>Do you have any link to contrary information regarding Trichinosis incidents?<

I have to thank you for asking this, as I found the the search for your info pretty fascinating. Interestingly enough, from this link, Trichinella spiralis hasn’t been found in some tested feral hog populations. That said, there are other parasites that infest the animals, in addition to disease, that makes cooking the pork very well a prudent course of action.

http://agrilife.org/texnatwildlife/feral-hogs/biology-of-feral-hogs/

From the link:

Diseases and Parasites

Springer (1977) reviewed literature on parasites of feral hogs in the coastal population on Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. This population was heavily parasitized, with 100% of animals infected with swine kidney worm (Stephanura dentatus), with cases of necrosis of the lungs and liver and associated bacterial infections. Other internal parasites found included lungworms (Metastrongylus spp.), roundworms (Ascaris suum), hookworms (Globocephalus urosubulatus), and various stomach worms.

A serologic survey of 10 feral hog populations in Texas revealed that pseudorabies virus was found in swine in 7 populations, antibodies to leptospirosis were discovered in all 10 populations, and swine brucellosis (Brucella suis) was isolated from 4 individuals from 2 populations (Corn et al. 1986). Swine were negative for a wide variety of other viruses and for incidence of Trichinella spiralis. The authors concluded that feral hogs may act as reservoirs of pseudorabies virus and swine brucellosis, and potentially could infect domestic swine.


44 posted on 09/27/2012 2:15:35 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Darnright

Right about cooking pork, especially wild because of the many parasites. Good info, thanks.

That being said, on non-feral, that I raised from day one and know exactly what it ate, I am sometimes brave enough for a medium rare grilled porkchop.


45 posted on 09/27/2012 4:15:02 PM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pork AND!! bacon?
That ain’t right.


46 posted on 09/27/2012 4:19:40 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Ignorance is bliss- I'm stoked)
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To: melissa_in_ga

I remember my grandmother talking about covering meat in a crock with lard to keep it. That’s all I know about it though.


47 posted on 09/27/2012 4:29:36 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Ignorance is bliss- I'm stoked)
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