Bad Bacon News: Pig Virus Pushes Prices Higher

Bacon eaters, brace yourselves. Prices are rising—up 7 percent since May—thanks to a new virus that has already killed millions of baby pigs. The disease thrives in just the kind of cold weather that was so persistent this winter, so the death toll has been particularly high. And since it takes about six months for a hog to reach what’s politely called “market weight,” the full impact of the illness is still to come.

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