Bringing home the bacon could become a lot more difficult in the near future. That goes for ham and pork chops too. The Illinois Pork Producers Association is warning that a potential pork shortage is looming, caused by a spike in feed prices brought on by last summer's drought. The trade group says its pork producers are losing 40 to 45 dollars a head at market right now and are cutting back on the size of their herds. That means that the bacon for your bacon cheeseburger or BLT could not only become much more expensive, but harder to find.
Illinois is the fourth largest producer of pork in the country, but some experts say the shortage could go global as early as next year. The U.K.'s National Pig Association says a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is, quote, "unavoidable."