This Little Piggy Went to Market
Why the pork and bacon shortage crisis is not ‘unavoidable’.
According to the National Pig Association of Britain a bacon shortage is imminent, with pork supplies estimated to fall as much as 10 per cent next year. This will likely double the price of European pork, and the Financial Times predicts that this is a trend that “is being mirrored around the world.”
Drought conditions have affected the corn and soybean crops which means rising costs of feed for pig herds. This in turn will lead to a decline in herd sizes resulting in the high cost of bacon and other pork products.
But let’s just hold up here one moment and look at the bigger picture.
Without wanting to sound as if I’m wagging my finger and saying “I told you so, whatever did you expect,” I think this would be a very good time to take a look at the farming practices that we have come to rely on. Farming practices that are clearly not sustainable, not ethical, and certainly not going to be affordable in the long-term.
The word “unavoidable” particularly irks me. Yes, the forthcoming shortage is unavoidable given the farming systems that we have come to rely on. But please, let’s not forget that there is another way. A way that is sustainable, that is ethical, and that is affordable in the long-term.
Forest Farming is a sustainable practice. The trees anchor the ground, providing nutrients and coverage for the soil, plants, and animals within the farm. There is far less risk of drought and erosion in forest farming. The farm animals, including the mighty pigs, live happily and ethically within the farm, free to roam and able to contribute back into the system as nature designed. Pigs are a key element in the reforestation of forestlands. Whole ecological systems revolve around them, especially their interaction with brambles and the health of forests, and speed of growth of trees. Pig manure is a key ingredient in the most productive growing medium tested.
You can read more about forest farming at www.forestfarms.net
The pork and bacon shortage is avoidable. But we need to revisit our farming practices.