People, brace yourselves. The price of bacon and other delicious pig products will skyrocket next year, as Britain’s National Pig Association predicts. NYMag.com‘s Grub Street breaks down the five Ws behind Bacon-geddon:
“The price of pork will shoot up over the next year, causing the price of bacon to jump worldwide as the market abroad collapses. Spareribs, headcheese, and trotters may also become scarce, and nose-to-tail cooking will presumably also be harder to pull off when fewer actual tails are available and pig farming becomes less tenable.
Widespread drought and crop devastation around the world during the last few farming cycles have increased the price of two main components of animal feed, soy and corn, causing farmers across the European Union to cull their herds. In England, the National Pig Association warns the industry’s output may drop up to 20 percent during the next year.”
And with this news, Ron Swanson cries.
Update: In expressing faux-outrage over the possibility of not getting to eat BLTs next year, we forgot basic economics and, well, reality. There won’t be a quote-on-quote shortage, but customers might have to pay a little bit more for their pork products, according to Slate. And with this clarity, Ron Swanson smiles.