Despite links to health problems, including a World Health Organization report confirming that processed meats cause colorectal cancer, bacon has been popular enough in the last few years for pork industry workers to start referring to a “bacon tsunami.” The trend is good economic news for Iowa, the top pork-producing state in the US. Bacon “has a warm spot in most people’s hearts,” said Brian Smith, a registered dietician nutritionist with the UnityPoint hospital network in Des Moines. “There’s no denying that it does have a special place within our food culture.”
Smith, who has an interest in food history, said smoking and curing are preservation methods developed out of necessity long ago, but that studies over the years have connected eating preserved meats to an increased cancer risk. He recommends bacon as a “sometimes” food.
The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting was among 15 winners to receive funding for projects that test new ways of revenue, news distribution and community engagement.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership promises to cut thousands of restrictive trade taxes on beef, corn and other U.S. agricultural products. But an analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture and World Trade Organization data shows that TPP countries are already major customers when it comes to American agriculture.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that his department will award nearly two dozen states with millions of dollars to build the gas pumps and other infrastructure needed to supply American drivers with more renewable fuel.