America’s bacon supply is seriously depleted

There’s no easy way to say this, but, we might have a bacon problem.

According to the Ohio Pork Council, demand for bacon is consistently superior to supply.

“Today’s pig farmers are setting historic records by producing more pigs than ever,” said Rich Deaton, Ohio Pork Council president. “Yet our reserves are still depleting.”

The problem is the frozen pork belly reserve, which is typically what bacon is derived from.

In December, the inventory was at 17.8 million pounds. That sounds like a lot, but it’s the lowest it’s been since 1957, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.