Yeesh - that sounds nasty. And I'm eating a bit of grilled pork tenderloin while typing this, too. Mmmmm - if you grill it just right, it's perfection. Low-fat, pure protein perfection.
(Oh - and that was a Berkshire
pork tenderloin to boot - finally got my hands on a few of 'em)
Funny, though. I just checked another news article up here and we're having an above-average grain harvest. It makes me wonder if my area will be less-severely affected. Corn farms up here look just fine (and yes, we grow a lot of corn up here in Alberta). Maybe they'll ship the surplus down south to the US.
There are several medium-sized pork farms near my place and I know a lot of the owners, so it also makes me wonder if they couldn't try some alternative feeds. Pigs will eat practically anything - corn is just used to really fatten them up. Some of the farmers nearby also feed them corn stalks (or silage) and other veggie "waste" as a substantial part of their diet and save the grain or corn for fattening time. The pork is a bit leaner but tastes great.
Maybe that's also an argument against the big corporate farms, too. The smaller outfits up here seem to be able to adapt a lot better to crises like this. There are likely a whole lot of reasons behind that, but one of my neighbors (the Berkshire pig farmer) explained that it's easier for him to switch feed for his 100-pig operation than it is for a big agribusiness with 20,000 pigs (call it reverse economy of scale). Plus, since he's able to grow his own feed, the effect of a corn shortage is really lessened.
But yes, I'll be stocking up a bit more this weekend too.