… now we have a real supply-chain issue that I fear may send much of American society into complete chaos: We’re running low on bacon…
Column: Why bacon is off the menu
By LZ Granderson, Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Oct. 6, 2021
OK, people. We need to talk.
When the pandemic began and a lot of y’all started panic-buying, I was irritated. However, the family figured out a way to work around the lack of hand sanitizer and Lysol. Now, the shortage of toilet paper was a bit trickier, but we would routinely run out to scavenge, like Richonne from “The Walking Dead.”
“Did you find any?” I would text my husband.
“Yeah, I found two packs of one-ply at Safeway,” he’d respond.
“One-ply? My God, these are indeed the end of days.”
But now … now we have a real supply-chain issue that I fear may send much of American society into complete chaos: We’re running low on bacon. And because of that scarcity, during the last 12 months, the cost for a slab has increased by nearly 28% since this time a year ago. Even factoring in inflation, the cost of bacon is the highest it has been in 40 years, according to a CNN report. Industry experts do not expect that to come down anytime soon.
Truth be told, the cost of bacon was already skyrocketing. In President Obama’s first year in office, a pound cost $3.57. In President Trump’s last year, it was $5.83. That’s an average increase of 75 cents a term.
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