April 14, 2018

Ma'ma mi-yaaa, we need more pigs

There needs to be more pigs in America.

If you love the taste of bacon and shop for groceries, you know exactly where I'm coming from. The cost of one pound of bacon, which is one serving for any true bacon lover, is just too expensive.

I miss the days when bacon was $1.99 a pound on sale and around $2.59 most of the time. It wasn't a BLT until I put a half pound of sizzling hot strips on top of a plush bed of lettuce and tomatoes. Sundays meant six to eight strips of bacon, three eggs and four pieces of toast - and two more strips for dessert at breakfast when grandma was in the kitchen.

Today, $1.99 barely gets you two slices of bacon. Anybody else have a hard time wrapping their head around the fact a pound a bacon is as much or more expensive than a pound of ground beef?

I miss the shopping trips when my hardest decision was whether or not to buy three or four one pound packages of Oscar Meyer thin sliced bacon.

Sure, I really shouldn't eat that much of it anyway. With it priced way over what I'm willing to pay and what most American's can afford these days, that is probably a good thing. If I'm going to have high cholesterol looks like it is going to be from something other than bacon, and probably not as tasty.

I think Merek, Pfizer and Eli Lilly need to invest heavily into the business of raising pork bellies. If they really wanted to pig out on profits they could flood marketplace with nice thick, 150-pound-plus Genetically Modified Hogs (GMH) from their subsidiary businesses. No doubt those companies would fill their piggy banks with proceeds from the skyrocketing sales of statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs.

With more pigs on farms and more swine producers, prices would surely be driven lower, right? We all know it is a supply and demand thing. I just wish pork producers weren't demanding so damn much so I can put more of their delicious bacon on my table.

You know, if President Trump really wants to Make America Great Again, he can start by passing an Affordable Better Bacon Act (ABBA) guaranteeing low prices on one of America's culinary staples. For the record, I'm all for him building that wall he mentioned during his campaign, but he needs to relocate it to various sea ports on our coast to keep American pork from being shipped overseas.

"China is one of the largest pork-consuming and producing nations in the world," according to Jim Monroe from the National Pork Producers Council.

In my opinion, the Asian country is doing a better job than Trump at ABBA. Recently China increased tariffs on pork imports by as much as 25% in a recent trade war the two countries are currently waddling up to their hooves in.

If the ABBA movement needs a jingle or catch phrase it was already written by that Swedish pop group of the same name from the 70s in their hit Mamma Mia.

Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again
My my, just how much I've missed you?


Ma'ma mi-yaaa, bacon, how I do miss you.

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