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Old 02-01-2017, 08:02 AM   #1
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I didn't know there actually is a nation's bacon reserve. If we run out of bacon, the world is doomed :

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The country's bacon reserves are at the lowest levels in half a century.
In other words, pig farmers can't keep up with the world's sizzling appetite for those fatty, smoky strips of sheer eating pleasure.


The Ohio Pork Council, a Columbus-based non-profit, reported Tuesday that demand for frozen pork belly, frequently made into bacon, is outpacing supply.
Nation's bacon reserves hit 50-year low as prices rise | WTSP.com
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:12 AM   #2
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We're low on bacon, chocolate production is having issues, so is coffee.

The horror....the horror....
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Old 02-01-2017, 08:21 AM   #3
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Is this the same bacon shortage we were warned about in '12 Worldwide bacon shortage
Global bacon shortage "unavoidable," group says - CBS News
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Geeze, ES, you sure know how to ruin a guy's day.

OTOH, thanks for the warning. I'll stock the freezer soon.
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We're low on bacon, chocolate production is having issues, so is coffee.

The horror....the horror....
Good news on coffee production. Apparently, they are having great success breeding new coffee trees that grown in climates previously thought not very good for the trees. How the coffee tastes is another matter. I hope they don't do to coffee what they did to the tomato.
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I thought this post was going to be about what I perceived as a lack of bacon on the forums over the past few weeks.
Not that anything got out of hand, and I did see some bacon, but there were a few times I could see the sizzle and smell the bacon coming, only to be wrong..
Overall, I have to say the populace has been good and well behaved.

I'm just making an observation, not desiring to start up the 4th Reich.
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I eat bacon very rarely. That is, except on my annual cruise. I simply cannot resist, seeing all that bacon at the breakfast buffet. Fortunately, since DW is a teacher we only cruise Christmas week, so hopefully in 11 months this crisis will be averted.
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I was just getting the pan and fry some think cut bacon in, and it's all gone! What a day
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I thought this post was going to be about what I perceived as a lack of bacon on the forums over the past few weeks.
Not that anything got out of hand, and I did see some bacon, but there were a few times I could see the sizzle and smell the bacon coming, only to be wrong..
Overall, I have to say the populace has been good and well behaved.

I'm just making an observation, not desiring to start up the 4th Reich.
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I was afraid I was the only one whose initial reaction was this.
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I'd switch to pastrami. Actually, I'd like to try to make some in the future, it's supposed to be real easy, just like pepperoni.

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Good news on coffee production. Apparently, they are having great success breeding new coffee trees that grown in climates previously thought not very good for the trees. How the coffee tastes is another matter. I hope they don't do to coffee what they did to the tomato.
I noticed store-bought tomatoes tasted like nothing. Although with as much creamer and sugar and whipped cream and syrup and variations of milk and whatever people put in their coffee, who's going to notice how the coffee itself tastes anyway?

I noticed today the store brand of bacon was BOGO. Of course, it's paper thin, nearly as thin as that great impostor turkey bacon.
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I'd switch to pastrami. Actually, I'd like to try to make some in the future, it's supposed to be real easy, just like pepperoni.

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I've tried several times and failed at duplicating anything near a good pastrami like from the kosher deli. Good Luck.
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As a "sort-of" vegetarian (I eat fish and dairy products), I'm feeling pretty smug right now
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I often see bacon on sale for $2.50 and $2.99 a pound around here, so yeah, keep that bacon shortage coming!
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I thought this post was going to be about what I perceived as a lack of bacon on the forums over the past few weeks.
Not that anything got out of hand, and I did see some bacon, but there were a few times I could see the sizzle and smell the bacon coming, only to be wrong..
Overall, I have to say the populace has been good and well behaved.
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I can explain. Every time I start to get riled up, instead of warnings and threats, the mods have been FedEx-ing me actual, physical bacon instead. It's been working. It may also explain this bacon shortage.

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... I hope they don't do to coffee what they did to the tomato.
I'm going to disagree with some of that. I think out of season tomatoes are far, far superior to what we used to get out of season. I remember that buying a tomato in February was just a matter of wanting a decoration on your plate. It had no flavor, and poor texture, and barely any color.

But today, we can get tomatoes like the "Campari" brand, that are good (not great, but good), all year round.

Are they as good as home or local-farm-grown - absolutely not. And the commercially available in season tomatoes are not as good as home or local-farm-grown, either. The commercial types have been bred for shipping, appearance, disease resistance, and other qualities over taste. With home grown, you can chose a variety bred for flavor over everything else.

I like that we have a choice.

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