1. Bacon is amazing.
Why? Because its bacon. On more scientific terms, it probably tastes great because it doesn’t taste like anything else. The slightly sweet, almost caramel, and salty cure along with the smoky wood flavor is very alluring. The flavor flatters savory dishes and compliments sweets as well. Ever notice that when bacon sizzles it sounds like applause? That’s not by accident.
2. Bacon comes from pigs.
U.S. Farmers raise more than 110 million pigs per year. That ends up being nearly 23 billion pounds of pork.
3. Some farmers raise pigs inside.
4. Some farmers raise pigs outside.
5. Bacon makes everything better.
Bacon even turns vegetables into a crowd favorite.
6. Farmers raise bacon responsibly.
7. Bacon isn’t just for breakfast.
But, it seems to fit nicely there.
8. Bacon makes a nice lunch, as well.
While I’d encourage you to savor every moment you have with your bacon, it’s certainly convenient to pile some bacon on bread (salad-like toppings optional) and head out the door. We call that “love on the run.”
9. Your dinner can be wrapped in bacon.
Why not, right?
10. Bacon comes from all kinds of farms.
It’s not what the farm looks like on the outside that’s important, it’s how the pigs are cared for that really matters. Farmers make decisions for their farms based on what is best for their pigs. Some farmers are able to care for their pigs using a type of farm setup that might not work well in a different environment. Every farm will be a little different, depending on the climate, available resources, etc.
11. There are NO added hormones in bacon.
You know that added growth hormones are not permitted in growing pigs, right?
All living things contain hormones, therefore any meat, milk, vegetable, etc. you consume would contain certain amounts of hormone. What most people are concerned about are added hormones, or what does not exist in the food naturally. Added hormones are not permitted for use in growing pigs. Therefore, the claim “no hormones added” cannot be used on the labels of pork unless it is followed by the statement “Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones.”
12. Bacon comes from family farms.
Regardless of the size or scope, the vast majority of U.S. pig farms are family-owned.
13. Farmers care.
Consumers rely on farmers to produce safe food in a responsible manner, so it’s important they know the principles that motivate and guide farmers. Everyone involved in farming, from farm owners to animal caretakers to drivers who transport pigs, has an obligation to demonstrate a commitment to responsible farming.
14. Bacon gives you super powers.
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Until next time,