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Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 09/25/2012

Worldwide pork shortage looms, industry group says

Get your bacon sundaes and Turbaconduckens while you can, because the world is in for a massive pork shortage next year, according to reports from European pork trade groups.
Pigs can be seen standing in their pens at a farm located on the outskirts of Beijing on Sept, 7, 2012. (DAVID GRAY - REUTERS)

The U.K.’s National Pig Association said the European Union’s pig herd is declining significantly as pig farmers have struggled to cope with feed costs that have been driven up by global drought.Sow herds are shrinking by between 9.6 percent in Poland to 1.3 percent in Germany.

The industry group is asking British shoppers to make a point of buying British pork in order to help out struggling ranchers.

“In its Save Our Bacon campaign, NPA is asking shoppers to make a point of selecting pork and bacon with the British independent Red Tractor logo,” the organization wrote.

In the United States, meanwhile, the pork supply soared 31 percent last month from the same time last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as farmers reduced the size of their herds in order to cut the cost of feeding them.

Global food prices have risen to record levels in recent months, driven in part by a severe drought in the United States and Eastern Europe. More than half of all U.S. counties were declared primary disaster areas this growing season because of extreme dryness and heat, the Associated Press reported.

The price of corn and wheat rose by 25 percent from June to July of this year, and soybeans rose by 17 percent, according to the World Bank.

The prospect of pricier brunch did not sit well with Twitter users.

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