America apparently has a bacon reserve – and it’s running low. The Ohio Pork Council revealed in a report this week that the country’s reserve supply of pork belly – the portion of the pig often used to make bacon – is at its lowest level in 50 years.
Thankfully our Kevin Bacon supplies are still rich and plentiful...
Back to the other bacon...As of December 2016, America had a mere 17.8 million pounds of frozen pork belly stockpiled, which, per the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the smallest inventory the nation has had on hand since 1957. “Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever,” said Rich Deaton, president of the nonprofit Ohio Pork Council. “Yet our reserves are depleting.” Americans’ appetites aren’t entirely to blame for the shortage. Hog farmers export nearly 26% of what they make, and officials say there has been an “increased foreign demand.” But Americans are paying the price, literally: In January, pork belly prices increased a whopping 20%.
Learn more about the meat candy shortage (HERE)