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Diatribe: Sizzling Bacon Prices.

08/13/2014

baconI’ve always been a big eater and my motto when dining out is I’ve only met one menu from which I could not order (Calypso Café … a story for another time), but there are a few foods I simply must avoid because they “repeat” on me.  One bit of watermelon at lunchtime, for example, will be burped up and re-enjoyed time and again throughout the rest of the day.  I also avoid cucumbers and licorice but the food that I find the most difficult to avoid has always been bacon.

As a non-bacon-eater, it seems that they put it on everythingEven hermits eat bacon.  It’s usually easy enough to pick off of sandwiches but when it’s served in “bits” as a garnish on soups or salads there’s no way to avoid it.  And sometimes its flavor is really very strong.  In recent years, its popularity has soared and, consequently, so has its price.

Credit: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The average price of a pound of bacon has steadily increased over the last 30 years. [Credit: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics]

The price of the sliced American breakfast staple hit a new all-time high last June at $6.11 per pound.  The rising price is said to be the result of two major factors.

  1. The first is a virus that targets piglets yet does not affect humans or make pork products unsafe to eat but has, nonetheless, been a huge issue for the pork industry.
  2. The second factor leading to higher bacon prices is the cost of feed.  The price of grain continues to rise due to ongoing nationwide drought conditions and those costs are passed on to consumers.

Maybe my days of requesting “no bacon” on every salad or bowl of soup will eventually be a thing of the past.  Then I’ll be able to order lunch and know that I won’t be tasting it until bedtime.

Do foods “repeat” on you?

Are you a bacon-eater?

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3 Comments
  1. thedogs'mother permalink

    BIL, a wheat and lentil farmer, also raises animals for family and friend’s use. This year there we no pigs in the pigpen. Prices had gone sky high for baby pigs and the cheapest way to raise them too expensive.
    (I like bacon BUT I told The Engineer, if he retires to farm, we will not being raising animals for eating. We can have a pet cow, pet chickens, pet pigs. I have been around farms when animals are turned into food and all those memories are seared into my mind from childhood on.)

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    • A rule of thumb in our family is “once you name ’em, you can’t eat ’em”.

      We have hens who stopped laying eggs long ago but will die of old age as spoiled pets before they’ll be mixed with dumplings on a cold day.

      Thanks for reading!

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  2. I love bacon, but I like it as a flavor in a dish, like an Asian meal, or crumbled into some ground turkey as a pizza topping; draped over a meat loaf.
    Everything tastes better bacon-zed.

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