Bacon, pork shortage is “unavoidable,” according to U.K. industry group

One of the world’s – and internet’s – most beloved foods might be more difficult to come by next year, according to the U.K.’s National Pig Association (NPA).

The group is predicting a global shortage of bacon and other pork products as feed prices rise following a tough corn and soy season (key ingredients in swine feed). As feed costs rise, many farmers are forced to reduce their herd size to remain cost effective.

Sow herds have been shrinking across the European Union, from 1.3 percent in Germany to a staggering 9.6 percent in Poland, according to the NPA.

“British supermarkets know they have to raise the price they pay Britain’s pig farmers or risk empty spaces on their shelves next year,” said NPA chairman Richard Longthorp in a press release.

The group also indicated that the pig slaughter may decrease by up to 10 percent, which could cause pork prices to double. It usually takes about six months for the higher prices to affect consumers, according to the association.

Although the situation isn’t as bad in the U.S., where experts say herds probably won’t be reduced by more than 3 percent, the herd reductions still will hike prices, according to CNBC.com.

Here’s a roundup of bacon-related stories from around the web:

Bacon shortage worldwide “unavoidable” U.K. pig group says – CNBC.com

Start hoarding now: A global bacon shortage is coming – Time

Bacon lovers beware; pork prices likely to rise – Indianapolis Star

Bacon shortage may sizzle consumers – ABC News

Aporkalypse now! Twitter reacts in horror to news of bacon shortage – The Score

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