A pork shortage is on the horizon.
Remember the hot, summer drought?
It killed a lot of the corn crop, and less corn means less food for pigs, so farmers are scaling down their herds.
Bacon, sausage, pork chops - There will be a decline in all pig products next year.
Prices of pork in general are expected to skyrocket in about 6 months, and everyone is bracing for a bacon shortage.
Indiana is the 5th leading pork producing state in the U.S., so it's a big deal for our local economy.
It's a guilty pleasure. It’s also a breakfast staple.
"Everybody eats bacon. Unless you’re a vegetarian, everyone likes bacon," said Mike Kramer with Blueberry Hill in Granger.
"We go through approximately 100 pounds per week," he said.
50% of the menu at Blueberry Hill is bacon friendly.
"It has a lot of uses," Kramer said.
And it has a lot of love.
So, a bacon shortage on the horizon has Kramer a little nervous. He's seen prices go up 30% this year.
"I don't think it’s gonna stop there," he said.
The whole scare stems from Britain's National Pig Association, but soon many U.S. farmers had the same worries.
According to Indianapork.com, "The quantity of pork available to consumers in the U.S. and the rest of the world will decline in 2013 due to high feed costs."
The hot summer drought killed a lot of the corn crop. Farmers, in return, are scaling down their pig farms, which means less pig to go around.
"We're headed for a baconapolypse or a bacon apocalypse? Which would be a baconapolyse?” said Mark McDonnell with LaSalle Grill.
LaSalle Grill serves anywhere from 50 to 100 pork chops a week along with bacon in many side dishes.
"We're not panicked yet," McDonnell said.
And for all those bacon lovers out there, no need to fear just yet.
Kramer plans to keep steady breakfast prices for as long as he can.
"It’s tough enough for everyone out there as it is," Kramer said.
Pork is a big deal in Indiana.
Indiana pork farmers contribute more than $3 billion a year to the state's economy. The industry employees more than 13,000 people.
Pigs are the leading consumers of Indiana grain, eating more than $300 million worth each year.