Global Bacon Shortage ‘Unavoidable’ Next Year

With pork costs rising, Great Britain is facing a bacon and sausage shortage as pig farmers cut back on herd size. As if times weren’t precarious enough, it seems the problem may soon become global.

In a recent press release, the U.K.’s National Pig Association (“fighting for the growth and prosperity of the British pig industry” is their motto) is warning that a “world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable“:

New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world. Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by high pig-feed costs, caused by the global failure of maize and soya harvests. All main European pig-producing countries report shrinking sow herds.


“Worldwide pork shortage predicted” – National Pig Association September 4th, 2012

Financial Times reports that this past season’s droughts in North America and Russia are to blame for the spike in prices for grain crops, which are used to feed animals.

As of August, nearly half of all counties in the U.S. were considered disaster areas due to extreme dryness and heat.

Some U.S. farmers have taken to extreme measures to feed their livestock and save money at the same time, including one Kentucky farmer who fed his cattle candy “just to survive.”

You Had Me At Bacon

It’s a well known fact that bacon makes the heart grow fonder.

You Had Me At Bacon
You Had Me At Bacon

And, of course, when I say “fact”, I mean a completely made-up, anecdotal statement with absolutely know science behind it whatsoever. You know, like religion. Hey-o!

Speaking of which – facts, that is, not religion – 86% of statistics are made up on the spot, did you know that?

Back on topic, does this sound familiar?

“Hey man, I’m hungry – let’s go grab some eats.”

“Cool, what’d you have in mind?”

“I was thinking maybe a bacon-double blah blah with blah blah blah blah and a blah blah blah.”

“You had me at bacon.”

Now you know.

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Canadian Pancakes

Ok, I admit it. I’m a bacon addict. I eat bacon every single day. It’s the fruit of life.

Well, my life at least.

Earlier in this blog, we established undeniably that bacon makes everything better. Now, I may have a skewed view of the world because of my bacon addiction, but I’m not the only one. You don’t add bacon to Diet Coke without doing your market research. The world is make up of people like me.

Which is why is comes as a surprise to me that, at 34 years old, I’ve only just tried Canadian Pancakes.

Ask me why now, and I couldn’t tell you. Canadian Pancakes are delicious! Prior to today, I guess I would have said something about how I’m not sure about the sweet and savoury aspect of the dish. Bacon, with pancakes and maple syrup? I don’t even like ham and pineapple on a pizza!

I guess I just didn’t like the thought of not liking the dish and throwing away otherwise perfectly useful bacon.

Canadian Pancakes aren’t standard fare for a boy growing up in Australia. Even though Canada is part of Her Majesty’s Commonwealth, Canada is as far removed from Australia as Cameroon. But, it seems, our over-friendly, hockey-playing, toque-wearing, toonie-spending, poutine-eating, hoser brothers and sisters in Canada might just be onto something by adding bacon to their pancakes with maple syrup.

Seriously! Have you tried it? It’s frickin’ AWESOME!

Bacon Makes Everything Better

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Everything?”

Everything!

Burgers? Add bacon! Pancakes? Add bacon! Salads? Add bacon! Chocolate? Add bacon! Diet Coke? Add bacon!

I cannot think of anything that couldn’t be improved with bacon.

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“You’re just like bacon – you make everything better.”

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Hello Bacon!

Bacon.

One word – indeed, five simple letters – that bring so much enjoyment to so many people around the world. Including me.

Especially me!

I’m salivating at the thought of just writing a bacon blog. Well, that, and it’s 8:47am and I’m thinking a bacon breakfast can’t be far away. Then it’s only four short hours until a bacon lunch. And then… well, you get the idea.

Bacon is truly a food of the Gods. Unless you believe in a God that doesn’t let you eat bacon, in which case I feel truly sorry for you. I’m sure your God fulfills all your spiritual needs, but you have dietary needs too! What kind of God creates taste-buds finely attuned to bacon’s deliciousness, then doesn’t let you eat it?

This website is dedicated to those of you with bacon-loving beliefs. If bacon is your obsession, you’re going to find plenty of awesome bacon-related stories, products, recipes and lifestyle information.

Join the bacon-bandwagon. The Where’s The Bacon? campaign starts now.