Americas love forbacon just keeps deepening, and its becoming a problem for pig farmers.
Back in February there was talk about a bacon shortage, but we were assured there was no reason to panic. And there wasnt, because theres still plenty of bacon stocked at the supermarket. But the bacon industry is still feeling a pinch.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the price for pork belly, the part of the hog used to make bacon,has skyrocketedby 80 percent. And frozen reserves yes, there are frozen reserves of bacon are at a 60-year low. That’s probably partly because Americans bought 14 percent more bacon in stores in 2016 than they did in 2013.
Pig farmers, according to The Wall Street Journal, are struggling to keep up with demand. The national hog herd actually hit a seasonal record high this year with 71.7 million hogs, which is 3 percent more than the previous year. But that still might not be enough to satisfy our nations bacon fetish.
Some might blame social media for blasting out images of BLTs,setting off our never-ending appetite for bacon. And thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, inventions like thebacon weavehave become the new norm of gluttony.
Then of course, todays trendy high-protein diets,such asPaleo and Keto, celebrate bacon as a protein-rich part of a healthy lifestyle, painting bacon in a more flattering light than in days of yore, when we feared it for its high content of saturated fat.
Looks like we all need to embrace the Meatless Monday-type mentality if we want to give our bacon producers a chance to catch up with our demand.
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