You've probably read about other food shortages that are causing serious problems across the country. Limes are damn near a dollar each these days, and that's driving up the cost of everything from margaritas to tacos. Now, though, something a whole lot worse is happening: A serious illness in pigs is creating a bacon shortage.
|"Oh, I'm sorry, did the price of your BLT go up 15 cents? That's truly terrible. I mean, not as bad as my porcine epidemic diarrhea, but a real inconvenience, I'm sure."|
A terrifying-sounding virus called porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) is raging through pig farms across the Midwest. Piglets are especially vulnerable to PED, and there's little that pig farmers can do if their herd becomes infected. One farmer from Iowa, one of the states hardest hit by the disease, told The Associated Press that despite his best efforts to avoid the disease, it has killed over 13,000 pigs at his farm since November. Yikes. More »