WUFT News

Pork shortage rumors have some squealing

By on October 3rd, 2012

With attention turned on rumors of a pork shortage, the fact is pork prices may rise next year.

Worry last week over pork supply started after the National Pig Association, a British trade organization, published a Sept. 20 news release warning of an “unavoidable” worldwide pork and bacon shortage.

The organization cited data showing European Union herd numbers have fallen in the past year.

Some U.S. media, businesspeople and experts question the severity of the organization’s claim. An American Farm Bureau Federation economist told the Associated Press a potential bacon shortage is “overblown” and “baloney.”

While the pork supply is secure, the AP reports that the ongoing U.S. drought means less corn production and higher cost for feeding pigs and eventual higher cost of pig products.

To pass the feed cost to consumers, farmers will slaughter more pigs, creating a brief oversupply of cheaper pork before decreasing the supply and increasing the price.

Similar effects may be seen with soybean and wheat products, according to ETF Daily News.

Chad Carr, an assistant professor in UF’s animal sciences department, said the pork issue is no concern to Americans.

Adam Brewer, owner of the Adam’s Rib Company barbeque restaurant and catering service, based in Gainesville, said the shortage is only a matter of time, but people shouldn’t panic.

“When and if it does happen, you know, there might have to be a price adjustment,” Brewer said. “We will still try to find value for the consumer.”

Additional reporting by Caitlin Lawrence.


This entry was posted in Business, Environment, National, World and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Business

Nationwide Insurance is moving 100 jobs from its regional operations in Gainesville over the next two years.

Nationwide Insurance Relocating 100 Gainesville Jobs

Nationwide Insurance is moving 100 jobs from its Gainesville regional operations over the next two years. The consolidation is limited to the regional operations, according to spokesman Eric Hardgrove. Nationwide Insurance will still employ about 800 employees at its claims service center in Gainesville. The plan will affect property and [...]


Final four winners of the first annual SEC Pizza Championship. The championship was held during the Oxford Craft Beer Festival in Oxford, Miss.

Gainesville Pizzeria Owner Places Third in First SEC Pizza Cook-off

Satchel Raye, owner of Satchel’s Pizza in Gainesville, came in third place in the first annual SEC Pizza Championship. Every competitor was offered a position on the U.S. Pizza Team, which would then compete in the World Pizza Championship, but Raye declined.


Clay County has hired First Amendment lawyer Michael Kahn to rewrite an unconstitutional adult entertainment ordinance. The current ordinance bans adult entertainment businesses in the county.

Clay County Hires Lawyer to Rewrite Unconstitutional Adult Entertainment Ordinance

Clay County officials have hired a First Amendment lawyer to rewrite what they call an unconstitutional ordinance concerning adult entertainment businesses. The proposed ordinance would apply only to the county’s unincorporated areas, which make up over half the county.


round table

Alachua County To Mirror Innovation Hub

Innovation Hub has led to new businesses moving into the city.


Mike Myers

Gainesville Localities Plan Impending Move; Fire Station Draws Plans

Eight months after Gainesville’s City Commission purchased a chunk of land home to three businesses, the localities are discussing their impending move.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments