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Global Bacon Shortage 'Unavoidable'

Unknown Lamer posted about 2 years ago | from the no-word-yet-on-facon-shortage dept.

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New submitter The name is Dave. Ja debuts on the front page with the most dismal news of our time: "This is truly 'Stuff That Matters'. Where would civilization be today without bacon? I don't mean to be alarmist but ... sound the alarms! This is big — it could lead to civil unrest." Yes, a bacon shortage. Hopefully what bacon there is will be more delicious after being fed with gummi worms.

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What? (4, Funny)

Xeno man (1614779) | about 2 years ago | (#41455005)

Noooooooooooo!!

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455043)

May I second that notion.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Re:What? (4, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 2 years ago | (#41455217)

Whatsamatta?

Pigs quit fucking?

Re:What? (2)

mr1911 (1942298) | about 2 years ago | (#41455299)

Whatsamatta?

Pigs quit fucking?

Pig condoms.

Re:What? (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 2 years ago | (#41455461)

Err, let me guess - natural lambskin condoms? ...not sure if that's plumbing the depths of gross, or the idea for one hell of a new haute cuisine dish for 'Bizarre Foods'.

Re:What? (3, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 2 years ago | (#41455657)

Whatsamatta?

Pigs quit fucking?

Considering the size, looks and general intelligence of many of my fellow Americans I see out and about...trudging along, slurping down trash for food, and staring out blankly....

I sadly have to say....no....

Relax, we've already covered the solution today. (2)

notgm (1069012) | about 2 years ago | (#41455071)

Re:Relax, we've already covered the solution today (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455541)

Pork rinds != bacon, you bloody fool!

Re:What? (1)

jonadab (583620) | about 2 years ago | (#41455429)

Relax. Even if there were no bacon at all, we'd still have chocolate chips.

At least, I hope we'll still have chocolate chips. Fortunately I don't think the major chocolate exporting countries have ever formed a cabal to limit the supply hitting the market and drive prices up. Shh... Don't give them any ideas.

Re:What? (2)

Daniel_Staal (609844) | about 2 years ago | (#41455641)

No, but global warming is threating the viability of the cacao growing areas, messing up the rainfall patterns.

Re:What? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41455451)

Noooooooooooo!!

<Professor Frink>

As the Bacon supply declines we approach, what I refer to as the Homer-Simpsonpocralypse event horizon . Hoyvin glavin! Or the end of the world as we know it.

</Professor Frink>

HOLY SHIT! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455015)

This is the worst news ever posted on Slashdot. I am not being a smartass...

This is THE TRUTH.

God damn! We better be building stockpiles NOW. If we don't have bacon it's going to make live unlivable for both me any my dog. Why should be continue.

Re:HOLY SHIT! (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 2 years ago | (#41455495)

TBH, it is disturbing.

Then again, bacon has been going up in price pretty drastically over recent years.

Noooooooo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455037)

Say it isn't so!

I'll have to hoard!

Gas shortage? No problem!

Oil? Nope.

But NOT bacon!!

Re:Noooooooo! (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | about 2 years ago | (#41455667)

Don't worry long pig bacon will still be available for those who need it...

Fuck bacon & Fuck Reddit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455039)

We don't need no sucking the hog-cock of Conde Nast over here, GTFO.

Uh, no (2)

hsmith (818216) | about 2 years ago | (#41455047)

It just means bacon will be more expensive.

There will be less cheap bacon to go around, but there will always be bacon.

Re:Uh, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455097)

It just means bacon will be more expensive.

  There will be less cheap bacon to go around, but there will always be bacon.

So what are you saying "uh, no" to? You seem to be agreeing "shortage" but in more words.

And so it was written... (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 2 years ago | (#41455109)

"but there will always be bacon."

Re:Uh, no (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | about 2 years ago | (#41455165)

This has to be a joke...
First, Bacon is a byproduct of other pork products. It's the tough belly meat nobody wanted ... That some brilliant marketeer figured out how to sell. (And trading pork bellies became stuff of legend...)

  this is BAD NEWS for Thinkgeek. Slashdot's FORMER partner in crime. It's a good thing Slashdot got out of Gerkznet when they did. Any interruption in the flow of bacon-based products is gonna shut those guys down. Hard. At least the wont drag Slashdot with them!!!

Re:Uh, no (4, Informative)

magarity (164372) | about 2 years ago | (#41455327)

Umm, no. A lot of modern items are the result of clever marketing of previously unused material but bacon is not one of them: http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/baconhistory.htm [about.com]

Re:Uh, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455583)

Can you give examples, and some interesting articles to go along with them?
Not diamonds, please. I've read that one [theatlantic.com] already.

Re:Uh, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455439)

this is BAD NEWS for Thinkgeek. Slashdot's FORMER partner in crime. It's a good thing Slashdot got out of Gerkznet when they did. Any interruption in the flow of bacon-based products is gonna shut those guys down. Hard. At least the wont drag Slashdot with them!!!

I was under the impression that the vast bulk of ThinkGeek's (and anyone else's) bacon-flavored oddities were some diabolical cocktail of artificial flavoring that would kinda sorta taste like some of the stuff they use to cure bacon if you kinda squint and maybe don't think about it too long.

Re:Uh, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455679)

Interesting. I guess that means the Danish economy just got even better. We have been lucky enough to have bit of oil while the oilprices soured recently, but oil is not even a top 10 Danish export. Bacon is.. Bacon is the number one export, and no draught here means we still have fodder, and remains the world largest exporter of bacon.

You know you want it.. Danish bacon.. Danish Bacon Danish? Yumm.

I'm buying stock in freezers (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 years ago | (#41455053)

According to one article, on average people consume 42 pounds of bacon a year. I figure a good freezer in the garage should hold enough for 3 or 4 years. Time to start stocking up.

Re:I'm buying stock in freezers (1)

matthelm007 (1392603) | about 2 years ago | (#41455315)

Wow, that's only about 1 week's bacon for me! ;-)

Re:I'm buying stock in freezers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455565)

No wonder americans are fat and have cardiac problems.

Re:I'm buying stock in freezers (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 years ago | (#41455689)

No wonder americans are fat and have cardiac problems.

...but it's worth it...

Re:I'm buying stock in freezers (1)

drakaan (688386) | about 2 years ago | (#41455711)

...actually that's more due to sugar/carbohydrate consumption. Americans eat *waaaaaay* more bread/cake/pasta/candy/soda than meat. It's cheaper to make and purchase carbohydrate-rich foods than it is to make and purchase meat.

Re:I'm buying stock in freezers (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 2 years ago | (#41455665)

Actually this would be a fantastic time to hoard. Contrary to the narrative in the article, the price of pork is down right now - not because grocery chains are "paying less per pig" - but because the farmers are all unloading their pigs on the market at once, creating a glut. I don't know how long bacon keeps in a deep freeze, but it probably makes sense to stock up if you are already running the deep freeze anyway... otherwise it's a pretty expensive way to save money :)

Re:I'm buying stock in freezers (1)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 years ago | (#41455731)

> W..w..W - Willy Waterloo washes Warren Wiggins who is washing Waldo Woo.

Awww. I used to read that to my daughter. She's too old to read to now. Camel on the ceiling! C C C. Now I'm depressed.

Save me jebus! (0)

binarylarry (1338699) | about 2 years ago | (#41455057)

Where the fuck is Al Gore when you need him?

Re:Save me jebus! (0)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about 2 years ago | (#41455373)

Eating bacon.

Meh... (4, Funny)

frostfreek (647009) | about 2 years ago | (#41455077)

Who's gonna notice when the Earth becomes unliveable due to climate change?

        * Tornadoes... Droughts... Floods...
        * Bacon Shortage, like OMG???

Re:Meh... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41455239)

Who's gonna notice when the Earth becomes unliveable due to climate change?

        * Tornadoes... Droughts... Floods...

        * Bacon Shortage, like OMG???

You'll just have to put up with Shakespeare.

 

I'll get me coat.

First the great Maple Syrup heist . . . (5, Funny)

Rob the Bold (788862) | about 2 years ago | (#41455107)

. . . and now this. It's like a war on breakfast.

Re:First the great Maple Syrup heist . . . (3, Funny)

Sez Zero (586611) | about 2 years ago | (#41455253)

. . . and now this. It's like a war on breakfast.

Luckily the Strategic Bacon Reserve is still safe. What? HOW CAN WE NOT HAVE ONE?!?

it's the Canadians, eh. (4, Funny)

drainbramage (588291) | about 2 years ago | (#41455273)

First they burn the White House and now this.
What's next, no hockey?
Do these scoundrels have no pity?

This is the end! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455117)

Venkman: Or you can accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
        Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
        Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff!
        Venkman: Exactly.
        Stanz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Rivers and seas boiling!
        Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes!
        Winston Zeddmore: The dead rising from the grave!
        Venkman: Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together! Mass hysteria!
        Mayor: Enough! I get the point! And what if you're wrong?
        Venkman: If we're wrong, then nothing happens. We go to jail, peacefully, quietly. We'll enjoy it. But if we're right, and we can stop this thing... Lenny, you will have saved the lives of millions of registered voters.

National Emergency: One man holds the solution (4, Funny)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 2 years ago | (#41455127)

Find this man [slashdot.org]

Re:National Emergency: One man holds the solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455547)

If only he'd waited, he could have stayed at four-star resorts...

I fear that Dennys well be out of business (1)

Virtucon (127420) | about 2 years ago | (#41455139)

Where will we get the toppings for the Bacon Shakes? There's no way we can live with synthetic Bacon Flavored toppings on our Shakes!

Strategic Bacon Reserve? (1)

dclozier (1002772) | about 2 years ago | (#41455153)

How can we have a Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve [slashdot.org] without one for Bacon???

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455159)

Finally, something that will make the public take notice of climate change! Destroying the planet and ruining their grandchildren's future doesn't faze most people when you mess with their bacon then Things Get Serious.

Re:Finally! (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about 2 years ago | (#41455501)

Really. Who cares about little things like floods and droughts. Something must be done about the Bacon Shortage! What will happen to breakfast?

Before investing on lean hogs futures... (4, Informative)

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) | about 2 years ago | (#41455161)

...please learn about the pork cycle [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Before investing on lean hogs futures... (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 2 years ago | (#41455247)

Oh crap! We're already past Peak Pork!

Tasty Tasty Disaster Porn (1)

Specter (11099) | about 2 years ago | (#41455163)

Hooray! Finally, disaster porn I can really get worked up about!

Don't listen to those mother hubbards at Chick-fil-a: chicken is not the answer! We need more pork! Porking is the answer. Wait, what type of porn were we talking about again?

Ah, efficient price-setting at work... (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about 2 years ago | (#41455167)

So, if I understand this correctly, the price of feeding pigs is rising. However, despite their theoretically being a 'market' for pig products and demand for pig products holding steady, it has not been possible for the price of pork products to reflect the cost of producing them, causing pork production to start shutting down, thus setting us up for a price spike in the near future....

Could somebody summon the invisible hand? I have a beating that needs delivering...

ECON 101 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455459)

Have you not heard of price elasticity?

Re:Ah, efficient price-setting at work... (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about 2 years ago | (#41455523)

This reminds me of how the MSM trots out an oil industry "expert" right before they're about to jack up gas prices that we migght be looking at $5/gallon. Then when it only goes to 4 we all act giddy like our weekly shower rape stopped 5 minutes ahead of schedule.

Star Wars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455191)

A bacon disruption can only mean one thing ...invasion.

From a vegetarian point of view ... (1, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | about 2 years ago | (#41455193)

You can have all the bacon I don't eat.

You're welcome.

Re:From a vegetarian point of view ... (2)

TheSwift (2714953) | about 2 years ago | (#41455341)

Yeah, but nobody gets the missing corn that started this whole mess in the first place. Neither you or the pigs. I guess we all get gummy worms.

Re:From a vegetarian point of view ... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 2 years ago | (#41455411)

The proper response is "You insensitive clods!"

Re:From a vegetarian point of view ... (1)

mr1911 (1942298) | about 2 years ago | (#41455467)

So you are saying bacon is not a vegetable?

Crap! And I thought I was doing so well following the food pyramid.

Re:From a vegetarian point of view ... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455549)

I love it when vegetarians prove my favorite joke about them right...

'How can you tell a vegetarian... don't worry... they willl ALWAYS tell you.'

misleading headline (1)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 years ago | (#41455205)

There's not going to be a "shortage", there'll just be what always happens when supply and/or demand change: the prices will adjust to a new equilibrium. Over the past 100 years, pork and bacon have sometimes cost more, and sometimes cost less. It's not really a huge deal. If the prices go up, you can choose to pay them, or buy something else instead.

Re:misleading headline (1)

Qzukk (229616) | about 2 years ago | (#41455419)

So basically, there's going to be a reduced supply that will cause prices to increase until demand is reduced to match. Got it. No shortage, it's just a shortage.

Re:misleading headline (1)

Trepidity (597) | about 2 years ago | (#41455507)

A shortage typically means that you actually can't buy something. Like, a "fuel shortage" is when people are lining up around the block to buy gasoline because most stations are out of fuel. When gas goes up from $2.00 to $3.00, that's not a "fuel shortage".

Re:misleading headline (1)

idontgno (624372) | about 2 years ago | (#41455725)

I dunno. If I can't afford $3.00 for gas, I can't buy it... and, by your definition, actually being unable to buy something is a shortage.

Just sayin'.

bail-out anyone? (2)

rbrausse (1319883) | about 2 years ago | (#41455237)

you should read the original press releases [npa-uk.org.uk] , a nice little campaign preparing the masses that price increases are in order.

British supermarkets can protect consumers [..] if they pay Britain's loss-making pig farmers a fair price

In its Save Our Bacon campaign, NPA is asking shoppers to make a point of selecting pork and bacon with the British independent Red Tractor logo

Governments are becoming increasingly concerned

And I simply _love_ the phrase "Pig industry leaders" :)

C'mon, You Knew This Was Coming: (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#41455267)

'at'll do, pig, 'at'll do.

it could lead to civil unrest." (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41455303)

Yes it could -- such a shortage could have grave consequences for civilians everywhere. Alas, I never thought there would come a day when a cavia porcellus would be given badge and a gun .
Just kidding,
- Sgt. Oink

No Shortage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455305)

Of Long Pig.

Good (2)

RobbieCrash (834439) | about 2 years ago | (#41455313)

The environmental toll of hog farming is massive [nrdc.org] .

You pigs! (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 2 years ago | (#41455319)

You pigs!

Ignorant Agricultural Question (1)

TheSwift (2714953) | about 2 years ago | (#41455323)

Ok, so I know there was a drought in the US for a ridiculous amount of time, but considering modern technology, I'm having a hard time understanding why this has to mean no more bacon. Why can't farmers just heavily irrigate their fields? Isn't pumping water where need it worth it to produce a good crop and, more importantly, still have bacon? It's not like we don't have water in the world. Don't we have the tech to get it where we need it to be? Or if heat is the problem, can't we cover the fields with shade sheets or something?

I live in Phoenix and we have terribly hot summers with extraordinary long droughts, but we still seem to do ok and there's never a panic among the farming community. Can't we avoid these crises with some simple planning?

Anyone who knows anything about farming, feel free to enlighten this ignorant city kid.

Re:Ignorant Agricultural Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455527)

Corn died when it go hot. Corn does that. Water doesn't help.

Re:Ignorant Agricultural Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455539)

Quite simply there isn't enough water. Most water sources are oversold at 200-300% of their max flow. During a normal rain fall year this is fine, during a drought there simply isn't enough water to go around. (This is a gross oversimplification of the problem, but its the end result).

This drought was compounded by the fact that so many farmers switched to corn to get the government subsidy. Many of these farms used grow drought tolerant wheats, grains, etc... because they are in drought areas. However, the return for corn was so good and for years water was so abundant that they all switched. Corn requires a ton of water (relative to more normal crops for these areas, let alone the drought tolerant varieties) so the demand for water is simply staggering.

Re:Ignorant Agricultural Question (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 2 years ago | (#41455589)

Phoenix is a place with terribly hot summers and long droughts on a regular basis.

However the problem is that rainfall has been abysmally low in numerous areas where it normally isn't... Average rainfall is down significantly across the entire country. Where do you propose we get this water from?

Re:Ignorant Agricultural Question (3, Informative)

wierd_w (1375923) | about 2 years ago | (#41455607)

Oo Ooh! I know!

(Caveat, I live right next to drought stricken corn fields)

The problem with the drought, is three-fold, and soil dryness is only one of them.

1) soil dryness. Irrigation helps in mild drought conditions to alleviate this.

2) prolonged air and soil dryness changes the specific heat of the air and soil. This causes normal solar isolescence to stop being gently warming and beneficial, to being glaring, and root scorching. Hot, dry soil and hot, dry air wither the corn crop even under CONTINOUOUS irrigation.

3) the change in ambient temperatures associated with droughts causes localized fronts to form over agricultural areas, which discourages rain. Even if it does rain in the upper atmosphere, it can completely evaporate before hitting the ground. In addition to that, the cells themselves actively diminish conditions required for rainfall.

Even blasting the ground 24/7 in the most horrible, water-table depleting fashion imaginable would not have saved this year's corn crop.

Re:Ignorant Agricultural Question (1)

Fjandr (66656) | about 2 years ago | (#41455621)

Pressure on water supplies is one of the largest issues facing agriculture pretty much everywhere.

There are regularly water conflicts in the US involving agricultural land, because there isn't enough to go around.

There is only a limited amount that can be done by planning, and then only in the most massive reservoirs. If there are multi-year rainfall problems, even they can't plan their way out of problems.

You don't have water access problems because residential water users have priority access. Farmers are up there on the list, but when it comes down to the limited supply in the Southwest, in bad years all the water goes to residential users and other users who are on the critical list. Farmers aren't on that list.

Re:Ignorant Agricultural Question (1)

Qzukk (229616) | about 2 years ago | (#41455629)

Why can't farmers just heavily irrigate their fields?

That's what rain is supposed to do.

Don't we have the tech to get it where we need it to be?

We have the technology, we can build it. For billions and billions of dollars.

Re:Ignorant Agricultural Question (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about 2 years ago | (#41455739)

If summer dryness (drought) continues to be a recurring theme (a la, climate change), then switching to a different crop on a different growing season could alleviate problems, but not for this year. You can't feed animals IOUs.

My sister and I are planning a winter buckwheat graze crop for her goats, followed by tillage, and a second planting as an eary spring crop.

Grain prices should be out of control by then though. I would expect surplus elmer's glue, and various other animal products in the near term as growers and owners liquidate and tighten belts, followed by extreme price premiums from supply scarcities.

Seed grain next year will be expensive. I'd suggest getting it now while you can.

Big Corn takes care of it's own. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455745)

Even if enough additional irrigation equipment and water could be put in place quickly enough to combat the 4th largest midwestern drought in a century (which it can't), it wouldn't change the shortage for feed because Congress mandated 'ethanol for everyone' during the Bush administration to ensure Republican votes from midwestern red states. That's why high fructose corn syrup Gummy Bears, usually destined to ensure the burgeoning supply of adolescent diabetics, are being redirected to feed the demand for high-priced bacon.

Think of it, we've finally found a decent means of combatting childhood diabetes without threatening the profitability of the Big Corn. We've given preferential treatment to pigs in the field instead of piglets in candy store.

Bacon Quota Met! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455339)

This is like the third bacon story in a week. First it's paying for a cross-country trip using bacon as currency, then the gummi worms one, and now we're running out of it...

Re:Bacon Quota Met! (1)

Fjandr (66656) | about 2 years ago | (#41455671)

I'm pretty sure there's a bacon cult gaining power in the US. Now that they've sucked the brains out of enough people, they can control the country by controlling the bacon supply.

Maybe it's larger than that. Has irrational preoccupation with bacon spread to other parts of the world too?

Sæhrímnir (2)

Tancred (3904) | about 2 years ago | (#41455347)

The Norse will be alright - Sæhrímnir will be eaten (providing "the best of bacons") and brought back to life the next day.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A6hr%C3%ADmnir [wikipedia.org]

Other effects of a pig shortage... (4, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | about 2 years ago | (#41455371)

Look on the bright side- this also has to mean there will be less spam in the future!

Re:Other effects of a pig shortage... (1)

klek (1237566) | about 2 years ago | (#41455427)

Buy Spam stock now.

Bacon doesn't grow on cows (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455391)

"Yes, a bacon shortage. Hopefully what bacon there is will be more delicious after being fed with gummi worms."...

From the article your linking: "ruminant animals such as cattle can safely ingest a wide variety of feedstuffs that chickens and hogs can't."

Suddenly, this guy seems prescient (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 2 years ago | (#41455431)

Anyone remember this headline [slashdot.org] from last week? Suddenly that guy seems like he's ahead of the times. Imagine how much 3000 pounds of bacon could buy you, especially if the price of it doubles.

Alternatively, anyone know where he is right now? I might be very willing to barter with him at this point.

Not to worry (1)

jomama717 (779243) | about 2 years ago | (#41455433)

Thank god for ham and pork chops!

Well that fucking sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455435)

There are only a few main meat food groups produced en-masse - chicken, fish, cows, pigs - and I'm allergic to cow products so with pig prices going to go higher it's going to mean more chicken & fish in my diet :(

Re:Well that fucking sucks (1)

landofcleve (1959610) | about 2 years ago | (#41455487)

Gotta ask, what about cows are you allergic too?

Re:Well that fucking sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455681)

Probably the beef.

meanwhile the president is worried about the eco (0)

cod3r_ (2031620) | about 2 years ago | (#41455457)

Slashing budgets n shit is nothing compared to this. All the debates should be about what to do when there is a bacon shortage and how the government plans to subsidize it and hopefully release their reserves of bacon.

Blame the Jews... (0)

landofcleve (1959610) | about 2 years ago | (#41455473)

They always had it in for bacon, they know how happy it makes the filthy goyim and they can't have that.

Re:Blame the Jews... Nope, t's China (1)

mynameiskhan (2689067) | about 2 years ago | (#41455753)

It is not Jews. It is China. They started with Gold. Blocked rare earth mineral exports. And now engorging on pigs.

The solution is simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455519)

The solution is simple: stop using bacon as a goddamn currency!

Politicians wasting time (1)

wjousts (1529427) | about 2 years ago | (#41455551)

So why are politicians wasting valuable time on such trivial nonsense as the economy, jobs, healthcare and the Middle East, when there is a genuine, honest-to-goodness global crisis going on?

This should be one of those rare moments that bring politicians of all ilk together to solve this. We need a bacon Apollo project, or a bacon Manhattan project.

Gummi worms? Really? (1)

pkbarbiedoll (851110) | about 2 years ago | (#41455553)

The poster actually believes feeding pigs gummi bears is unusual enough to hotlink? Pigs are omnivores. They are fed grains, vegetable scraps, leftovers from meals, chicken carcasses, and whatever else has protein and may or may not have some amount of rot on it.

One good thing (0)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about 2 years ago | (#41455585)

At least the Arabs won't be involved in OBEC (Organization of the Bacon Exporting Countries).......

Factory fams aren't sustainable (1)

Grayhand (2610049) | about 2 years ago | (#41455637)

It's treated like this is the way we always raised food when the truth is factory farming is less than a 100 years old and it didn't take over until the 60s. All the problems we are having with food production are directly related to factory farming. Also the fact that middle men are allowed to force farmers to sell below cost and let farmers survive on federal farm aid. I ran onto this site a year ago where this family is field raising pigs on grass then supplimenting their diet with free milk curd from a dairy, rather than dumping it and risking environmental problems they feed it to the pigs. He also buys surplus bread by the ton. The waste milk is delivered for free and the bread is dirt cheap but the bulk of their diet is grass. The pigs learned to eat the grass from sheep and now the mothers teach the piglets. They are also fed some out of date fruits and vegetables but the bulk of their diet is plain ole grass. They are healthier and the meat is tastier. All pigs could be raised this way but corporate America is convinced you can make farm animals the same way you do a car. All you get is diseased unhealthy meat. The only reason for the shortage is expensive feed so take away the cost of the feed and virtually all vet bills and the problem goes away. Each sow averages 8 per litter twice a year and some have over 20 a litter twice a year. Even starting with a handful in a few years you have a substantial herd so if they dropped the factory farming the numbers would come back fast but you also have to get rid of the middle men that reap all the profits. Farmers usually receive an eighth to a tenth of the retail price. No wonder they don't want to raise pigs anymore. Here's that link. http://sugarmtnfarm.com/products/piglets/ [sugarmtnfarm.com]

Bacon comes from cows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41455645)

> Yes, a bacon shortage. Hopefully what bacon there is will be more delicious after being fed with gummi worms [slashdot.org] .

Since when did bacon come from cows?

I mean, really. Did the editor even bother to read the posting they are referring to?

Complete hogwash (pun intended) (1)

Spinalcold (955025) | about 2 years ago | (#41455693)

Right now hog farmers are filing for bankruptcy by the droves. Pork prices are extremely low and the high feed prices mean that farmers are losing money on every pig they raise. The worst that will happen is that bacon becomes more expensive.
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