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Americas Bacon Reserves Are at a 50-Year Low

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February 1, 2017   Copyright: Grub Street / New York Media LLC

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 ...

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