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The One Chart That Will Alarm Bacon Lovers

The stuff is getting more expensive.


Natural wood-smoked thick-cut bacon for sale at the Eastern Market last month.(Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Take a look at the average price for bacon, via the Labor Department: The average price of bacon. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

It's rising! That's not surprising given people insist on putting bacon in everything, from cupcakes to cocktails to milkshakes. And the rising price of bacon—on average $5.56 a pound in January—could rise even more this year.


Why? Well, the price of grain and feed has a lot to do with it, but some are concerned about pig diarrhea. A virus called porcine epidemic diarrhea, which affects piglets, continues to spread. So the Agriculture Department decreased its pork-production estimate by 1.4 percent. This is despite predictions in 2013 that the price of bacon would fall, given in part to predicted increases in pork production.

Some analysts say the virus won't affect bacon prices in the marketplace for months, as it hasn't even really impacted pork yet.

But things aren't looking rosy. Since April of last year, the virus has spread to 23 states and Canada, with a surge of cases reported in January.


Perhaps it's time to rethink the "everything is better with bacon" attitude and consider a more bacon-traditionalist outlook: bacon only on plates next to eggs, and on the occasional turkey sandwich. Or, you know, you could take a cue from Ron Swanson, and just hoard the stuff:





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