It might be time to bring home — or stockpile — the bacon, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
A global pork-product shortage is expected in 2013 because drought conditions took a major toll on corn and soybean crops this year. That means less feed — and more expensive feed — for the herds, the National Pig Association in Britain said.
Through the end of this year, pig shortages could double the price of European pork.
So no more European-produced prosciutto, capicola, salami and chorizo — unless you are willing to pay a hefty price.
But we Americans love our bacon. (And in the U.S., pork production ramped up last month — up 31 percent over 2011 — to 580.8 million pounds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is because herds are getting smaller as they become more and more expensive to feed.)
We consume more than 1.7 billion pounds of it each year, according to Meat & Poultry, a business journal for the industry. (America’s bacon obsession has grown enough that there is a demand for a bacon-inspired coffin.)
So what should you do if you really, really want some pork with your cheeseburger but there is none in sight? You might have to get creative — or reach for the turkey variety.