How did we get here? One reason is cultural. Another is economical. Bacon costs the least it has in five years and is valued at nearly half of what it was a year ago, Bloomberg reports. That dip has helped bring the price of bacon down by 25% since last year, per United States Department of Agriculture data, to $4.12 per pound this week.
Businesses are also making a killing on the numbers. “Even though retail prices are down, consumers paid more than seven times the wholesale price for bacon last month,” Bloomberg reports. Not a bad incentive for cooks to clamber for swine.