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Pig Virus May Send Bacon Prices Soaring
Newser ^ | 1-11-14 | John Johnson

Posted on 01/13/2014 9:22:31 AM PST by TurboZamboni

(Newser) – Bacon lovers, be warned. A fast-spreading pig virus could send pork prices to record highs in the US, reports the Wall Street Journal. The PED virus, short for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, has hit farms in 22 states so far. It's lethal only to young pigs, not humans, but the Journal says the number of pigs being lost per week is likely to push pork prices beyond the record of $3.81 a pound. A post at Agri-Pulse predicts that the worst spikes will come in the summer.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bacon; crisis; doom; pigs
NOT good
1 posted on 01/13/2014 9:22:32 AM PST by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

ugh, there go my plans on making a Ba-K 47!


2 posted on 01/13/2014 9:23:59 AM PST by jurroppi1
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To: TurboZamboni

That’s the tactics, if there was a conspiracy theory: infect the food production to increase the costs.


3 posted on 01/13/2014 9:25:59 AM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Soaring? Like when pigs fly?


4 posted on 01/13/2014 9:27:21 AM PST by informavoracious (Root for Obamacare and healthcare.gov failure!)
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To: TurboZamboni

So pigs CAN fly, at least the bacon.


5 posted on 01/13/2014 9:28:34 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (In an alternate universe Obama still dips ice cream)
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To: TurboZamboni

The death rate for baby pigs at a lot of farms is 100%.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 9:29:47 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Anything to do with the Porkulus virus that infects the District of Criminals?


7 posted on 01/13/2014 9:31:06 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: TurboZamboni

"...specially in muslim neighborhoods"

8 posted on 01/13/2014 9:33:47 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: TurboZamboni

Not kosher.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 9:35:11 AM PST by onedoug
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To: TurboZamboni

The bad news just keeps on coming!


10 posted on 01/13/2014 9:36:22 AM PST by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: TurboZamboni

$8.59/lb yesterday for a lb. of bacon at a So. Calif. Vons market.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 9:38:06 AM PST by bunster
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To: TurboZamboni

Buy pork bellies!


12 posted on 01/13/2014 9:41:49 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: TurboZamboni

Ron Swanson: Bacon Shortage PSA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc6PMCx36Qw

When it comes to bacon, be prepared.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 9:45:57 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TurboZamboni
A fast-spreading pig virus...

Look out for those fast-spreading pigs.

14 posted on 01/13/2014 9:52:13 AM PST by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

"Pork bellies! I have a hunch something exciting is going to happen in the pork belly market this morning."
15 posted on 01/13/2014 9:52:38 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Oberon

I don’t want pigs that spread fast, I want pigs that spread smooth.

Baconbutter and Jelly sammiches. Now that’s good eatin.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 9:56:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TurboZamboni

The question is: How do we transmit the virus to feral pigs?


17 posted on 01/13/2014 9:56:49 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: TurboZamboni

Bacon is already priced high.

Even the generic brands are $6 or more for a 12 oz. package in my area.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 10:01:46 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: TurboZamboni
Bacon shortage -


19 posted on 01/13/2014 10:02:11 AM PST by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: TurboZamboni

I guess we’ll be resorting to Bacon Spam (which is actually quite good) for our bacon fix!


20 posted on 01/13/2014 10:02:45 AM PST by sneakers ( Quinn: "Liberty is the solution to the human condition.")
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To: TurboZamboni
...to the chagrin of 21st century hipsters everywhere
21 posted on 01/13/2014 10:16:56 AM PST by PATRIOT1876
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To: TurboZamboni

Will it also affect the feral hog population?


22 posted on 01/13/2014 10:28:35 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: bunster

Gwaltney bacon at Sams was 9 dollars a 3 pound pack here in Va. Another reason to leave California!


23 posted on 01/13/2014 10:41:53 AM PST by mdmathis6 (Secret Societies are like Sasquatch, you never catch one but they do leave footprints!)
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To: TurboZamboni
Pork Belly Futures: Link
24 posted on 01/13/2014 10:47:30 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Three or four years ago there was a bad peanut harvest. The following year peanut butter doubled in price... and it’s never gone down. The ratchet and pawl of incremental inflation.


25 posted on 01/13/2014 10:47:47 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: TurboZamboni

Turkey bacon ain’t bad.


26 posted on 01/13/2014 10:51:33 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: TurboZamboni

Shoot, bacon prices have already shot up and now I only buy it occasionally. If the price goes up more, I will just look at the bacon with fond memories when I shop.


27 posted on 01/13/2014 10:57:28 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: TurboZamboni

Likely to push it higher? Higher than what? It was $7.99 a pound at our store last week.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 11:26:22 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Glad I home-cured and smoked 12 pounds of pork belly recently. I have more bacon than I can eat in a year :)


29 posted on 01/13/2014 11:36:45 AM PST by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: TurboZamboni

PETA is dancing in the streets.


30 posted on 01/13/2014 11:37:11 AM PST by moovova
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To: Irenic

I buy one lb. of bacon a month. I pay $5.99 a pound for it but it reminds me of the bacon I had when young. Thick. The local meat market sells it and I just can’t help myself and buy a lb. every month when I go to pick up my months meat order.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 11:53:36 AM PST by sheana
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To: sheana

I like the thick bacon, too. I’ve been buying Wright bacon as it has a good flavor and the price is decent, it actually dropped in price from what it was running last spring—18.99 for 2.5 lbs.

I bought some right before Christmas and I know it was cheaper but I don’t recall the exact price (we were going to have bacon over the holidays!) hahaha! I *think* it was 16- ish, though it was on special.

I thought about trying a meat market but shortly after we moved here I read a news story about the one nearest us having some issues and when I further researched it on the net, it didn’t have any good reviews.

I think I need to look into this again— there’s bound to be a good one around here. When we were stationed in NC there was a fantastic meat market. It would also be nice to find good soup bones, it’s a real chore to find them at the grocery store.

Meat is getting too expensive and now China is getting into the mix—ugh.


32 posted on 01/13/2014 12:32:16 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: kenmcg

“Turkey bacon ain’t bad.”

It ain’t good either. I don’t know how we’ll cook without bacon and bacon grease.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 1:21:06 PM PST by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Irenic

We have a very tiny market not far from us that survives on their old fashioned meat counter. They have ‘packs’ of meat that you can buy. We buy one a month and it lasts us all month. Cheaper than if I bought meat at a regular grocery store and you just can’t beat their meat.


34 posted on 01/13/2014 4:45:54 PM PST by sheana
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