America — nay, the entire world — went hog wild this week when a report out of England predicted a "global bacon shortage" in 2013.
Swinophiles cleared hoarding space in their freezers and eating-contest organizers canceled bacon-based events. But then a few contrarian journalists, most notably Slate’s Matthew Yglesias, took to the Internet to reassure everyone that a bacon shortage was no more likely than pigs flying.
The truth is somewhere in between. Describing the bacon market today as "the aporkalypse" may be hyperbolic. But the pork industry is under serious stress — so much so that there is actually a remote chance there could really be a bacon shortage in 2013, just as the United Kingdom’s National Pig Association predicted.]]>