Look, right up top, I’m going to level with you: America is not going to run out of bacon. There’s been a lot of fearmongering going on recently, and I don’t want to play into that. But just because there’s no reason to panic doesn’t mean we’re in hog heaven: A new report shows that our bacon reserves are the lowest they’ve been in generations, meaning higher bacon prices could be on the horizon.
According to the USA Today, citing a report from the Ohio Pork Council and numbers from the USDA, America’s frozen pork belly inventory this past December was down to just 17.8 million pounds, its lowest level since 1957. For those still harboring the illusion that bacon rains down magically from the heavens, pork belly is the part of a pig used to make bacon, meaning what’s bad for the pork belly market is bad for your BLT.
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