2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Times are tough: war, poverty, suffering, bacon prices at a 30-year high …
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, the deadly virus that spread across 30 states, wiped out a large portion of the U.S.’s pig supply. Now, bacon and other pork products are more expensive than ever.
Bloomberg reports on the disaster:
Declining supplies of pigs … have pushed up retail-bacon prices 10 percent in 2014 to $6.106 a pound in June, the highest since at least 1980, government data show. Wholesale pork-belly costs doubled, reaching a record $2.0353 a pound in April, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Bloomberg also profiled a real hero in this crisis: Brian Polak, the 41-year-old “baconholic” who has been forced into curing his own at home because of the prohibitive cost. “A day doesn’t go by where I don’t have at least a strip,” said Polak, who is almost definitely not a Jew.
Honestly, just writing the phrase “pig supply” made me a little queasy. How about we all take a temporary break from pork products and use the money we save to buy a house or an airplane?
Joanna Rothkopf is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on science, health and society. Follow @JoannaRothkopf or email email@example.com.More Joanna Rothkopf.
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