Declining supplies of pigs that resulted from a deadly virus that spread across 30 states since the outbreak began last year have pushed up retail-bacon prices 10 percent in 2014 to $6.106 a pound in June, the highest since at least 1980, government data show. Wholesale pork-belly costs doubled, reaching a record $2.0353 a pound in April, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
And what was that "deadly virus" that killed so many pigs and made your nasty meat so expensive. I will tell you the god's honest truth taken directly from a reputable news outlet: it was the "deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus."
So hey, go ahead and stop eating that nasty meat. But if you must have your bacon—and can't afford the high prices—just marinate a slice of bologna in a bowl of diarrhea, and then fry that baby up. You won't be able to tell the difference. Ooo-wee!