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Bacon at any cost

Climate change is being blamed for an approaching — and devastating — worldwide pork shortage.

It‚??s bad enough that global warming prophecies predict seas around the world will rise, a million species will become extinct, and hurricanes and cyclones will level the landscape, but now dire forecasts say a world shortage of bacon is looming.

The theory goes like this: Climate change has created a drought, the drought drives up the cost of feed, pig farmers can‚??t afford feed, pig farmers can‚??t afford pigs, the crunchy goodness of a BLT goes silent.

This. Must. Stop.

Britain‚??s National Pig Association is urging consumers on their side of the pond to pay the higher prices when the shortage is expected to hit in six months to keep their pig producers in business.

In the U.S., the Agriculture Department (USDA) spent $100 million on a pork-buying program, and in China, the government is putting pork into cold storage.

‚??High temperatures in Mid-western States will all but certainly have a negative impact on U.S. pork production next year,‚?Ě the USDA said in an August report.

‚??High feed costs from lower U.S. corn and soybean production is expected to reduce U.S. pork production in 2013. Per capita consumption of pork products in 2013 are expected to decline by 1.23 percent. Next year, per capita consumption of red meat and poultry is expected to drop below 200 pounds per person for the first time since 1990,‚?Ě the USDA report said.

R.C. Hunt president of the National Pork Producers Council, said the USDA help would assist producers ‚??struggling with the effects of this severe drought, which has adversely affected much of the nation‚??s corn crop.‚?Ě

Bacon-loving Americans should follow the lead of Britain‚??s pig association, and support U.S. producers when hard times come a knocking this winter.

Save the pigs, because they are delicious.

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co

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