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Bacon-Day Controversy: Not Official, Say Top Pork Groups


You know the sound. And if diet and faith allow it, you probably crave it. It’s bacon! Denny Heffron, owner of Heffron Farms in West Michigan shed some light on what it takes to get from snorting pig to sizzling bacon.  

DH: “Sixty bushels of corn and 250 lbs. of soy bean meal [per year].”

MA: “Water, what do you think, how many gallons?”

DH: “20 gallon per day.”

MA: “And how long do you keep a pig?”

DH: “About six months.”

Take all those resources. Add a booming market, and you get people who can’t decide when to celebrate international day of bacon. And that’s the bacon controversy du jour, literally.

“I know that December 30 on some social media and some internet things, they’re just calling it bacon day. I have tried to do a little research and I couldn’t find anything. I know that there is an international bacon day the Saturday before Labor Day.”

Carma Rogers is the Pork information specialist for the National Pork board in Iowa. She said the day was started in England sometime. But online, the most repeated story references a group of students in Massachusetts. So we reached out to The National Pork Producers Council in DC, who said they weren’t aware of any one official day of bacon, but were thinking of starting one. And those two organizations are as official as it gets with pork.

So, whether it’s December, September or when the craving strikes, for now, it seems it’s up to you when, if, and how you celebrate bacon. 

Mariano Avila is WGVU's inclusion reporter. He has made a career of bringing voices from the margins to those who need to hear them. Over the course of his career, Mariano has written for major papers in English and Spanish, published in magazines, worked in broadcast, and produced short films, commercials, and nonprofit campaigns. He also briefly served at a foreign consulate, organized for international human rights efforts and has done considerable work connecting marginalized people to religious, educational, and nonprofit institutions through the power of story.
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