Bacon Shortage? It's Coming, British Group Warns
by Schuyler Velasco
to cheap bacon in 2013.
In yet another
consequence of drought conditions across the much of the globe this
past summer, prices for bacon and pork will skyrocket next year,
according to Britain's National Pig Association.
pig farmers are warning of a shortage of bacon and pork next year
because pig-feed has become unaffordable following disastrous growing
and harvesting weather, reads a statement from the NPA released
earlier this month. Governments are becoming increasingly
A dry summer
led to sparse corn and soy crops, driving up the price of hog feed.
As a result, many hog farmers are thinning their herds.
shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable, the
NPA wrote in a separate statement last week. 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.
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