The media was quick to jump on the report, with the approach ranging from playful at NBC — they’re the ones who came up with the aporkalypse crack — to more serious at Forbes magazine, which explored what the news would mean for people investing in pork futures.
Cooler heads prevailed at the New York Times, which took a “when pigs fly” attitude about the whole thing. The paper quoted Steve Meyer, the vice president of pork analysis for Express Markets Inc. Analytics, as saying that U.S. farmers produce 75 million pounds of pork belly every week.
“We’re going to slaughter about 3 percent more pigs this year than we did last year — a record number,” he told the Times. “Bacon production will be higher than it’s ever been.”