Here’s a fact you can’t avoid by hitting the snooze button: the price of your all-American bacon, OJ, and coffee breakfast is on the rise, all thanks to pig shit, fungicides, and droughts.
According to the Washington Post, the price of bacon has gone from $3.63 in 2010 to $5.56 at the end of January—and it’s not because of our obsessive need to use it in everything, like alarms and roses.
While the smell of bacon is appetizing, the reason for its price increase is not; the nation’s pork industry has been hit with a pig diarrhea epidemic that has killed over four million swine since last spring.
The fate of coffee and orange juice, two mainstays of the true American breakfast, are looking equally as grim. A drought in Brazil has caused the price of Arabia coffee beans to rise by 71.5 percent since the end of 2013. This wouldn’t be too big of an issue for us if we didn’t rely on the country for 46 percent of the crop supply.
And as for oranges, the FDA banned Brazilian frozen concentrated orange juices from entering the U.S. because they found traces of a fungicide that’s not allowed to be used on oranges in the U.S. In 2010, Brazil supplied around 11 percent of the orange juice consumed in the U.S. While this number may seem insignificant, losing Brazil as a supplier could cause orange juice wholesale prices to increase by 20 to 45 percent.
But we still have toast, milk, oats, cereal, and butter, right? Yes, but not for long, because according to the Financial Times, the prices of our other breakfast favorites are following suit. Basically, your breakfast is screwed.
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[via Washington Post]