Air pollution is a serious problem in China and around the world. In China specifically, though, much of it is coming from the rapid production of coal plants, increased car emissions and a high number of construction projects. But what about bacon?
That’s right, bacon.
According to a government official in Dazhou a city in the Sichuan province of China, the city is being overwhelmed with smog—smog the official claims is coming directly from too many facilities smoking pig bacon.
“Eating smoked pork and sausages is a long-held tradition in Sichuan, and almost every household makes smoked bacon before the Chinese lunar new year, which falls on Feb. 19 this year,” reports Want China Times.
Now, local city inspectors are reportedly raiding bacon-smoking operations and even shutting them down in efforts to curb the bacon smog.
But, the city’s insistence on the bacon smog is being met with skepticism and ridicule. Critics of the city’s move to quash bacon production say that meat-smoking procedures only account for a significantly small amount of air pollution. The Want China Times notes that volunteers from a non-government environmental protection organization conducted a three-day survey at several bacon smoking sites and found that the impact of the smoking process “is confined within a 50-meter radius,” a volunteer said.
While bacon smoking may not be a major contributing factor to Dazhou’s pollution problems, factory-farm raised pork products are certainly playing a polluting role in China and around the world, just like all factory raised animal products.
Researchers just confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record, and raising animals for food is one of the biggest producers of methane, which contributes to the warming of the planet.
China, like other developing nations, has recently begun to consume more meat and dairy products, once seen as foods of privilege, as the national median income level rises.
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