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Bacon-up while you can

Postby Jenise » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:03 am

In a recent press release, the U.K.'s National Pig Association is warning that a "world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable":

New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world. Pig farmers have been plunged into loss by high pig-feed costs, caused by the global failure of maize and soya harvests. All main European pig-producing countries report shrinking sow herds.

Financial Times reports that this past season's droughts in North America and Russia are to blame for the spike in prices for grain crops, which are used to feed animals.

As of August, nearly half of all counties in the U.S. were considered disaster areas due to extreme dryness and heat.

Some U.S. farmers have taken to extreme measures to feed their livestock and save money at the same time, including one Kentucky farmer who fed his cattle candy "just to survive."
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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:18 am

Pfffffffffffffttttttttt. Hogwash.
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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Mark Lipton » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:59 pm

Jenise wrote:
Financial Times reports that this past season's droughts in North America and Russia are to blame for the spike in prices for grain crops, which are used to feed animals.

As of August, nearly half of all counties in the U.S. were considered disaster areas due to extreme dryness and heat.

Some U.S. farmers have taken to extreme measures to feed their livestock and save money at the same time, including one Kentucky farmer who fed his cattle candy "just to survive."[/i]


I can attest to this from here in Flyover country, Jenise. Many hog farms in my neck of the woods had to liquidate much of their stock this summer because of the searing hot temperatures coupled with the high costs of both water and feed. And I just heard a story on NPR yesterday about cattle ranchers feeding cattle candy and other cheap junk food ("They'll eat anything you feed them," according to one rancher, who also said "It fattens them up just like it does in people").

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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Karen/NoCA » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:28 pm

Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:Pfffffffffffffttttttttt. Hogwash.


Can you enlighten us as to why you think it is hogwash? If bacon left this world, it would not bother me at all, but I do use it, love pork chops and some by products. I'm just curious as to your statement.
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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:56 pm

Happened to see a story on the impending bacon shortage on the Today Show this morning. Man, first gasoline, now this.

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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Mark Lipton » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:24 pm

Karen/NoCA wrote:
Jeff Grossman/NYC wrote:Pfffffffffffffttttttttt. Hogwash.


Can you enlighten us as to why you think it is hogwash? If bacon left this world, it would not bother me at all, but I do use it, love pork chops and some by products. I'm just curious as to your statement.


I think you missed Jeff's humor, Karen.

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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:13 am

I also don't believe everything I read.
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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:02 am

Stephen Colbert remarked on this tonight. His take:

"A bacon shortage??? WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE.... and later then we thought."

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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Robert J. » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:09 am

Maybe the 'bacon in everything' food trend can now die, finally.

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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Jeff Grossman/NYC » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:39 am

Not only food, Cowboy. I've seen video footage of a bacon flame-thrower, bacon clothing, etc. Nuts.
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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby David M. Bueker » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:11 pm

Competitive bacon rowing!
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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Jim Cassidy » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:28 pm

So for years, I rail about global warming in F&F, likely to no effect whatsoever. :?

I'm thinking the bacon shortage will be a learning opportunity for a big chunk of the denier community... :(
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Re: Bacon-up while you can

Postby Mark Lipton » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:08 pm

Jim Cassidy wrote:So for years, I rail about global warming in F&F, likely to no effect whatsoever. :?

I'm thinking the bacon shortage will be a learning opportunity for a big chunk of the denier community... :(


Sorry, Jim. If the record shrinkage of Arctic pack ice and the long-term worldwide retreat of glaciers can't convince them, I don't think that a drought or bacon shortage will make much of an impact. Heck, I'm still trying to convince students that there might be some merit to Darwinian evolution. :roll:

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