|Mound of bacon.|
At the plant I was visiting, I think there were six lines slicing bacon all running at the same time, at least 16 hours a day, 5 days a week. That is an incredible about of bacon. That plant harvested 19,000 pigs per day in 2011. Processors get about 15.4 lbs of cured bacon out of every hog, that’s 292,600 lbs of bacon, PER DAY, in one plant! The daily hog slaughter in the US in 2011 was 438,630 PER DAY, that’s 6.7 million pounds of bacon, PER DAY!!!
Of course, there are 313 million people in the US and they usually eat three times a day, seven days a week. Not to even mention exports.
(See how I can get lost in the enormity of our food system! I’m just a meat head.)
|A few of the 80,000 chicks on the Munyon Farm|
|One of Vallie's beef cows. She has 13.|
|Some students learning to make hotdogs.|
A little slower than the commercial plants.
When we buy our 2 or 3 pounds of meat at the grocery store or a steak a restaurant, it’s easy to forget that there are 313 million people in the US who are buying their few pounds of meat for this week, too. Our food system is huge! It’s really amazing to me that we can produce and distribute so much food each day.
It’s also sad to know that so much food is wasted each day, but that’s another day’s post.