Diatribe: Sizzling Bacon Prices.
I’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 everything. Even 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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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