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There Will Be No Bacon Shortage
Slate, by Matthew Yglesias

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Posted By:StormCnter, 9/27/2012 5:39:01 AM

It all began, strangely enough, with a press release from an obscure foreign trade association. The National Pig Association of the United Kingdom, you see, wants British customers to feel OK about the idea of paying a higher retail price for pork products. They’d particularly like it if British customers went out of their way to buy locally produced pork. And why wouldn’t they? “Vendors want you to buy more of their product at higher prices” is more or less the ultimate dog bites man (or, as the case may be, pork chop) story. But the press release’s provocative lede—

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 9/27/2012 6:00:10 AM     (No. 8892702)

I would have thought that with the preponderance of muslims in the UK, pork would have already been outlawed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: killerbee, 9/27/2012 6:04:18 AM     (No. 8892707)

I'm stocking up anyway. You never can tell.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 9/27/2012 6:05:00 AM     (No. 8892710)

Is there any evidence, photos, comments, passages from his "books", that Zero eats bacon?

Just wondering.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Spidey, 9/27/2012 6:18:14 AM     (No. 8892726)

Whenever there's a demand for something,someone figures out a way to fill the void.Media alarmism has become epidemic,always trying to create a new agenda for leftist interventionists.They spend years doing inconclusive studies but put the out there anyway.Every week they're changing the narrative on the benefits of red wine when it's effect is probably negligble in real health terms but the wine industry loves it.

Are omega oils really silver bullets for health problems? i doubt it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 9/27/2012 6:55:34 AM     (No. 8892788)

The wild hogs are over-running many parts of the south but they produce very little bacon as they get too much exercise. Hams and shoulders are great but the taste is different from store bought pork. Still, they are free and plentiful if you've got the guts to go get 'em.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 9/27/2012 7:01:30 AM     (No. 8892799)

Ah, we're beginning to see the first signs of a left-wing campaign to make sure Obama doesn't have to waste his time dealing with the severe drought situation which will affect world food prices (and has already, as we know).

I believe there WILL be a bacon shortage and an irrelevant para on the differences between what's bacon in England, Canada and the US is nonsense. The different types still come from a pig which has to be fed.

The writer compounds his idiocy by saying we can always eat chicken. Of course, the price of chicken (and other forms of protein) will increase too.

This is one of those situations where, if you love bacon (or other forms of protein), it's better to have and not need than the other way round.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rakasha, 9/27/2012 7:26:15 AM     (No. 8892841)

As a general rule, I tend to disbelieve any headlines I read from Slate; it just saves time. Reading this article reaffirms that basic tendency.

I am still unable to understand how someone can see the same information I see, state it in such a way that it reaches the same conclusion that I reach, and then claim that it says something different. Case in point:

In the short-term, drought and expensive feed lead to pre-emptive slaughter and an abundance of cheap meat. In the medium-term, however, this process leaves you with fewer animals to bring to the table.

Hence, the “bacon shortage”


So, in order to show that the bacon shortage that they just delineated won't be a real bacon shortage, they throw quotation marks around the term. Brilliant. Everyone must be convinced by that.

One more, just for the fun of it:

Back in the spring of 2008 the world was also panicking about rising pork prices (though at that time the popular media narrative was that meat prices would lead to a surge in Spam sales rather than a bacon shortage).

Their own link shows that there was a surge in spam sales.

Keep it up, Slate, you never disappoint.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: thelmalou, 9/27/2012 7:54:41 AM     (No. 8892889)

RE: #3 - Nah...he was busy eating dog.

RE: #5 - Boy, howdy, I ain't goin' after no wild hawgs! I'm guessing they'd taste all gamey, besides which they'd kill me afore I killed them.

I love bacon, but I just can't get past that filter-feeder thing. So I generally eat turkey bacon and turkey sausage. #6 is correct in that other products will become more expensive.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: O.S. Banker, 9/27/2012 8:04:07 AM     (No. 8892913)

Love my bacon. Love hunting. May have to go after a wild pig just for the ham and chops.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 9/27/2012 8:14:18 AM     (No. 8892935)

I always thought I could happily be a vegetarian if I could just add a little bacon from time to time.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Grambo, 9/27/2012 8:23:06 AM     (No. 8892966)

Good. Let’s stock up and put a moat of bacon around our embassies in the ME.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: pineledger, 9/27/2012 8:40:55 AM     (No. 8893011)

Perpetrated by the Pig in a Pants Suit. PIAPS rides again.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bnrmusa, 9/27/2012 9:25:25 AM     (No. 8893133)

Excellent #12, you worked PIAPS into this with deft and cleverness.
I jumped the gun, and ordered 200 Bacon Explosions, when I first heard about the shortage of bacon heading my way.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: susieq1, 9/27/2012 9:27:24 AM     (No. 8893139)

Brilliant #11.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Aunt Agnes, 9/27/2012 9:37:49 AM     (No. 8893169)

There might be an upside to this. Remember several years ago when urban dwellers got ordinances changed so that they could raise their own range-free chicken? Watch some clever agri-entrepreneur come up with a miniature type of pig that can be raised in an urban environment - it would surely keep muslims out of the neighborhood!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: geminale, 9/27/2012 9:59:22 AM     (No. 8893228)

This reminds me of the infamous 1973 toilet paper shortage.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mickturn, 9/27/2012 10:07:30 AM     (No. 8893268)

For a while there I had to assume the Mooslimes were buying it all up to burn (not cook).

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Reply 18 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 9/27/2012 10:23:10 AM     (No. 8893322)

#5: I asked my husband about wild hogs supplying bacon (he has hunted, butchered, and eaten wild hogs all his life) and he said that if you want good bacon from a wild hog, you have to go after a really large sow. So there's bacon walking around out in them thar hills--you just have to be choosy about which "bacon" you shoot.

As for those who ASSUME that all wild hogs are "gamey" or nasty, you have no idea what you're talking about. The smaller pigs (the ones you're NOT shooting for bacon) are very tasty and not gamey at all!!!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lil dotty, 9/27/2012 10:28:05 AM     (No. 8893336)

Thanksgiving coming up. In the past we have had shortages of
..cranberry sauce
..pumpkin
..turkey?
What are their plans for this year? Just to be prepared..

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Reply 20 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/27/2012 10:37:31 AM     (No. 8893376)

Grow my own

Wasn't worried

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Reply 21 - Posted by: uscgretired99, 9/27/2012 10:38:38 AM     (No. 8893377)

I read part of an article yesterday regarding the pork shortage. A report was presented by the pork growers association or something like that in the UK.

I stopped reading when i got to the part about the only way to stem this tide was to give hog farmers government subsidies. This was not mentioned in the Slate article.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 9/27/2012 10:57:11 AM     (No. 8893438)

There is never enough bacon.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Dignitary Protection, 9/27/2012 11:03:31 AM     (No. 8893455)

I sometimes fantasized about having a mobile food cart and frying up pounds of bacon upwind from one of the big mosques in Portland. Then I would take two large dogs with me and have them defecate over their front lawn.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 9/27/2012 11:21:32 AM     (No. 8893529)

The best dish in the world? Bacon-wrapped bacon (I stole that from comedian Jim Gaffigan). If this shortage rumor is a hoax, the MSM has already been taken in. There was a television news report on it yesterday that would have made Chicken Little proud.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: chicodon, 9/27/2012 11:32:21 AM     (No. 8893576)

How are we doing with toast, hash browns and eggs? They already told us of a problem with coffee. It's plain. There's a Muslim war on breakfast!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: NeverVoteDem, 9/27/2012 11:52:53 AM     (No. 8893655)

Bacon does not freeze well long term.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: gaemerson, 9/27/2012 1:06:08 PM     (No. 8893866)

Texas passed a bill to allow the shooting of feral hogs from helicopters. It was known as the Pork..chopper bill.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: chance_232, 9/27/2012 1:28:16 PM     (No. 8893952)

Have you SEEN a South Georgia wild hog?? I would rather tangle with a gator. Although they dont taste as good. Gator tastes like chicked dragged through a swamp.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: belwhatter, 9/27/2012 1:31:37 PM     (No. 8893969)

I grew up in England. my aunt had two pigs Hector and Hatty - she fed them mangelwurzels, a root veg. triple the size of a rutabaga. The porkers grew into fine fat piggies. Moral of story, corn is not absolutely necessary for raising pigs.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 9/27/2012 1:32:25 PM     (No. 8893973)

I wonder if they're now wishing they hadn't closed the pork bellies futures desk last year?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: MtGardenerview, 9/27/2012 2:22:20 PM     (No. 8894116)

all this talk about bacon shortage, shortage of this and that makes my head swim.
I am only interested in one shortage.
I want to see a shortage of Obama's in the white house on Jan 21 2013.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 9/27/2012 4:00:42 PM     (No. 8894346)

No bacon shortage, but I think there will be a Muslim shortage in the next 10-20 years or so. People are getting fed up.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 9/27/2012 4:56:55 PM     (No. 8894484)

#2 I know how you feel. There's no point in risking that they may be right. Besides, it won't go to waste... Bacon goes with everything.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: kOok, 9/27/2012 10:13:07 PM     (No. 8894998)

Bacon wrapped with bacon is really not a practical thing. Now, bacon STUFFED with bacon, that's worth pursuing...

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President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security caught then released 68,000 aliens who had previously been convicted of a crime, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows. The report, provided to Breitbart News ahead of its late Sunday evening release, reviews internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) metrics to conclude that the Obama administration released 35 percent—or 68,000—convicted criminal aliens back into the U.S. general population when they could have been deported. (Snip) In response to these findings from CIS that follow up on his office’s report last week, Sessions said immigration law in America has essentially ceased to

Global Warming Will Cause War,
Pestilence, Famine and Death,
Says New IPCC Report Inevitably

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Breitbart London, by James Delingpole    Original Article
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Today sees the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change´s (IPCC) latest findings on the state of "global warming" and the news isn´t good. Here are some of the highlights: Giant malarial mosquitoes the size of crane flies may descend en masse and drain us of our blood so quickly with their powerful razor sharp probosces that we won´t even have time to be infected - we´ll be dead before we hit the floor; Bangladesh, Tuvalu, The Maldives and Florida will all be submerged; Four horsemen with skulls for faces, glowing red eyes and huge scythes will gallop across

A cup of Earl Grey ´as good as statins´
at fighting heart disease, study finds

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Telegraph [UK], by Alice Philipson    Original Article
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Drinking Earl Grey tea could help guard against heart disease, it has emerged, after a study found that bergamot extract--a key ingredient in the hot drink--is just as effective as statins at controlling cholesterol. Scientists believe bergamot, a fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavour, can significantly lower cholesterol. They say it contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can attack proteins in the body known to cause heart disease. The study found bergamot could even be as effective as statins, used to control cholesterol but which can have side effects in


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