Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Porkpocalypse - Are We Looking At A Scrapple Shortage

The USDA says pork supply will drop to the lowest level in more than 25 years. Drought conditions in the United States destroyed corn and soybean crops and that affected feed. Canada (a major wheat exporter) had heavy damage to it's wheat crop due to intense rains.   Farmers reduced their herds to avoid paying more to feed their pigs, in turn some people are predicating higher prices for bacon in the future and possibly even bacon shortages.   People, this could even effect the supply of Scrapple.

Are you better off today compared to four years ago?  The cost of a pound of Bacon at WalMart has doubled in the last four years.

In the U.S., the widespread summer drought this year has devastated corn and other feed crops, leading pig farmers to slaughter their herds early.  That, in turn, has temporarily boosted pork supplies in the U.S, but the record slaughter of pigs in the U.S. this year means farmers will have smaller herds next year and will bring fewer pork products to the marker.

Altho the Nation could do without most of the political pork that congress passes out I do think it is time to call on President Obama to Open the Strategic Bacon Reserve (SBR).


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