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America’s Bacon Reserves Are at a ‘50-Year Low’

Grub Street logo Grub Street 2/1/2017 Chris Crowley

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American democracy is probably crumbling, and now comes more terrible news that threatens to undermine faith in our country’s institutions. The United States’ bacon reserves are at their lowest levels in half a century. The nonprofit Ohio Pork Council reports that demand for frozen pork belly is outpacing supply, as farmers can’t keep up with the demands despite, in the worlds of the organization’s president Rich Deaton, raising “more pigs than ever.”

The good news: There’s still a lot of frozen pork belly left in the coffers — 17.8 million pounds to be exact, as of December 2016 — so America won’t run out of bacon yet, but the bacon blues will cause prices of America’s favorite meat to rise. Whether or not the country can withstand this crisis, given the added stress that already accompanies every day, has yet to be seen.

Slices of cooked bacon, full frame image. Pan American Food Festival Yonge Dundas Square. © Roberto Machado Noa Slices of cooked bacon, full frame image. Pan American Food Festival Yonge Dundas Square.
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