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Panic! At the Grocery Store: Bacon Could Go Up to $6 a Pound

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Here piggy piggies, we've got some news for you: The price of bacon could potentially skyrocket. You may have already noticed it the last time you were trolling the meat aisle for your slab of choice. "The price of pork is giving many consumers sticker shock at the supermarket, where bacon prices alone have jumped at least 30 percent in recent weeks," explains CBS2.

Por(k) que? It's the hogs themselves, says one commodity analyst. And the hogs are pricey because what the corn they--at least, the big factory farm ones--eat, has gotten pricier, too. Where once there was a corn price "protection" thanks to ample supply, our use of the veggie to make ethanol has upped the demand of late.

Your next supermarket-sourced breakfast of bacon could even run you $6 a pound, which is the frightening figure that first circulated last week, which is still way more than the price as predicted on its upswing last summer.

However, if you'd rather stay away from the bright lights, big aisles of the big box grocery chains and their mass-produced meats, you might want to support local businesses who sell local, organic, and pastured meats, like Lindy & Grundy, so you can cut the corn factor out completely, and get a better product for your money.