A Pork Apocalypse – Don’t Panic Yet

Farm Policy

9/26/2012 7:45 AM

Tuesday, the news was filled with a discussion of whether there would be a bacon shortage. That’s right, there’s worry there will not be enough bacon for the world next fall. The National Pig Association of Britain predicts there will be 10 percent fewer pigs next year as a result of the drought. This sent the Twitter world into a frenzy as bacon lovers debated if they need to stock up for the pending “pork apocalypse.”

Discussion ranged from debating whether people need to start raising pigs in their backyards, stockpiling bacon or gambling on bacon availability.

Trading on the futures market shows prices climbing through the spring. However, U.S. experts say don’t panic yet. They are confident that there will be plenty of bacon, it just might cost more.

The National Pork Producers Council told reporters there has been a reduction in pork production due to high feed costs but the situation isn’t as severe in the U.S. as it is in the UK and other European Union nations, where some nations have reduced herds 10 percent or more.

“I don’t think we’re too worried about it,” said Dave Warner, a pork council spokesman. “We’re seeing a little bit of that (paring herds) here but not nearly what you’re seeing there.”

-- Charlene Shupp Espenshade, special sections editor

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