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Savor your bacon because pork belly stocks have hit a 50 year low

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First, it was avocados. Now it's the American breakfast staple: bacon.

The great guac crisis of 2016 may have been resolved, but data compiled by the Department of Agriculture reported that stocks of frozen pork belly were down four percent from last month and 67 percent from last year. That puts bacon stocks at their lowest since 1957.

It's not the end just yet, though. Rich Deaton, the president of the Ohio Pork Council reaffirmed that there won't be a pork shortage anytime soon.

"Rest assured. The pork industry will not run out of supply. Ohio farmers will continue to work hard to ensure consumers receive the products they crave," Deaton told NBC News.


There may not be a shortage, but an increased demand for pork will inevitably cause prices to surge. The month of January already reported a 20 percent increase in pork belly prices.

People take their bacon seriously. The hashtag #BaconShortage2017 began circulating on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

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