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A trade group in the U.K. has recently warned consumers that a global shortage of bacon and pork "is now unavoidable" in the next year due to a shrinking number of pigs.
Britain's National Pig Association (NPA) attributed the shortage in pork products to this summer's low rainfall, and that their feed shortages have resulted in price increases.
"New data shows the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world," said the NPA in a press release issued by The Voice of British Farming.
With pork costs already rising in the U.K., farmers are cutting back on the size of pig herds- and the problem may spread across the globe soon.
Similarly, in the U.S., the record-breaking high temperatures were reported over the summer and many areas were considered disaster zones over extreme dryness and heat. Some of the nation's farmers were forced to take extreme measures to feed their livestock while trying to save money.
Some people are skeptical of the warnings from the NPA, and suspect that the bacon industry may be trying to boost sales.
"Global Bacon Shortage is inevitable in 2013 due to culling of pig herds…" wrote Twitter user Vinay. "No, they're serious about this. It's ridiculous."
Alternately, other online readers are posting concerns over the possible loss of their favorite breakfast items, and social media sites were flooded with messages about the bacon shortage.
"Since a bacon shortage is inevitable I'm going to go to several supermarkets right now to buy all the bacon they have," wrote journalist @Toure. "Don't get in my way."
Frankie joked: "A bacon shortage? The end of the world is near people."
"I have a pet pig, no bacon shortage here," wrote Nicole. "Just kidding I would never eat Lucy, just all her friends and family."
Trey posted, "I don't eat a lot of bacon, but with the news we are going to have a huge pork shortage, I really want a #BLT all of a sudden."
Some Twitter users are joking about an "aporkalypse" due to the potential pork shortage.