In England last week, a group struck fear in the hearts of bacon-lovers when it predicted an "unavoidable" pork shortage next year. But, fear not. Experts now  say there's no real threat of an impending "aporkalypse" coming in the form of missing bacon. Britain's National Pig Association recently released a press kit that claimed that farmers would be reducing the size of their herd because of ongoing droughts and the rising cost of feed. But that report may be nothing more than an attempt by British pig producers to drive up prices.

"As long as prices roam free, there's never a shortage or a glut," said meat market analyst Bob Brown. "It will find a way to clear the market." Shortages only occur when prices are fixed and demand exceeds supply.

"Bacon prices in the next few months are expected to be stable", said Matt Swantek, a swine field specialist at Iowa State University.

That's a relief.