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Hide ya kids, hide ya wife, and hide ya… bacon?

That’s right, folks: it looks like the United States might be facing somewhat of a bacon shortage in the near future, which means you can expect the price of that BLT, bacon-egg-and-cheese, or that side of smokey, savory goodness to skyrocket. And it’s all because of a lack of pork belly, that staple of porcine foodstuffs we love so well.

Mmm... bacon.
Mmm… bacon.

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According to the Ohio Pork Council—which is apparently a real thing—”Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever, yet our reserves are still depleting.”

And per Esquire‘s take on our country’s paucity of palatable pork belly:

In December 2016, the inventory only totaled 17.8 million pounds of frozen pork belly, the lowest it has been since in almost 60 years. The blame could lie with foreign bacon eaters, whose increasing demand for pork accounts to 26 percent of total production. Either way, bacon will get more expensive, with pork belly prices already increasing 20 percent this year.

So on top of dealing with catastrophe after political, social and economic catastrophe, now we’ve gotta pay even more for bacon. Inconceivable!

I mean, unless you keep halal or kosher—in which case, you might have bigger issues to worry about in 2017.

(h/t Esquire)

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