Bacon Is Disappearing Fast -- Could You Live Without It?


baconImagine a world without bacon. That is the bleak reality pork producers want to alert you to. Bacon. It could disappear from our plates, leaving behind only the haunting scent of fried breakfasts past.

The U.K.'s National Pig Association is warning of a pork shortage of global proportions. They say a "world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable." OMG, NO! It can't be. Is this really true? And if so, can't someone DO something? Where is Super Pig when we need him?

Okay, let's see if these shortage fears are real. The NPA mentions droughts all over the world but especially in the US and Russia, leading to rising costs of pig feed, which in turn has led to at least one farmer feeding his pigs candy. That much is true -- including the crazy one about feeding pigs candy. Someone actually did that.

I don't know ... kind of sounds like pork is just going to get more expensive. I mean, is it really a "shortage" when we run out of a food we don't really need to eat, like bacon? Has anyone ever died from not eating enough pork chops?

But let's give these guys the benefit of the doubt. Let's imagine a world without bacon. What other meaty, crunchy treat would you eat at brunch? Would your Bloody Mary be lonely? What would become of cobb salads and BLTs? Whole menus would have to change. Millions might convert to vegetarianism. KEVIN BACON MIGHT STOP DANCING.

Okay, fine. You convinced me. This really is a global crisis we need to worry about. Start stockpiling bacon. Alert the UN and call in the Pigs From Space!

Could you live without bacon?


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cmjaz cmjaz

If they feed pigs candy, does that mean I won't need a brown sugar and honey baste for my ham anymore since they're already sweet? :-)

nonmember avatar Michelle

I've got news for you...If you think BACON is the biggest concern for a pig shortage than you obviously have NO idea how many things in life actually COME from pigs.

Aunt_... Aunt_ning

Bacon Shortage? That is horrible. Seriously, I gave up bacon for lent last year and it was miserable. You don't realize how many things have bacon on or in them till you can't eat it.

doodledo doodledo

Could I live without bacon? Of course, I could. The real question is, would I want to live a life without bacon? NO.

Deann... Deanna2872


I read an actual news story yesterday, from an actual news source (the AP), that said a rancher fed his COWS ice cream sprinkles (aka, candy). Haven't seen anything about pigs yet though-

I'll wait for news over blogoshpere gossip before I stockpile. But IF it hits a reliable news source, you can bet your last dollar I'll be filling my freezer with thick cut, peppered slices'o'heaven, hehe ;)

Misty... Misty.Dawn

nonmember michelle-i believe the goal here was HUMOR. answer is the exact same as doodledo said. A life without bacon isnt a life worth living lol

work4... work4mickey

I wouldn't miss it until next years county fair. No chocolate covered bacon? How will I survive a county fair without it?

Misty... Misty.Dawn

chocolate covered bacon?!?!?!?! Wooooow. Doubt that would take good to me...but chocolate & bacon....i think im drooling

nonmember avatar MrPorkMan

Wait until you read the same about cows, sheep, and then chickens. Your hungry masses...The PETA people will make millions on this, a piece of bacon, wait and see what they are able to do with a side of beef.

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