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Nobody's bringing home the bacon? Pork shortage possible

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You may have heard a song on the radio recently. It sounds like Vanilla Ice's classic "Ice Ice Baby". But it was chopped and remixed using the lyric "like a pound of bacon" to create a whole new song, "Ice Ice Bacon".

The piggy has officially jumped the shark.

Interestingly, this news coincides with a Los Angeles Times report on Tuesday that "a world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable," according to an industry trade group. 

Britain's National Pig Assn. explained in a news release last week that drought conditions affected crops, which affected feed, which led to declining herds across Europe. Financial Times asserted that the trend "is being mirrored around the world."

The rest of the article talks about percentages of slaughtered pigs and is upsetting. Bottom line, the price of European pork could double next year, and the U.S. pork supply, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently hit record high numbers due to farmers scaling down herds as the cost of feeding the animals increases.

Meanwhile, NPR reports that McRib fans may have to wait until Christmas for their boneless, bone-shaped, molded, drippy, pork patty fix. The limited-time-only release generally happens in the fall, but Advertising Age obtained a memo outlining the company's plan to hold off until winter to help boost sales.