Pork prices are expected to spike this summer, because of a mysterious virus that’s killed between 4 million and 5 million piglets in the United States since June.
“It hits baby pigs about the second day after they’re born,” said pig farmer Steve Weaver. “Mortality rate is 100 percent.”
Weaver says his herd hasn’t been hit, but it’s forcing all farmers to be vigilant with access and cleanliness until researchers find a way to eradicate the virus.
“We’ve already spent, since last June, $1.7 million in research trying to find where it even came from,” he said.
The virus, while devastating to pigs, doesn’t affect humans.The article goes on to mention that importation of orange juice concentrate from Brazil has been blocked because of contamination with a fungacide, and the combination of a drought in Brazil and spread of a leaf rust in Central America is killing coffee beans.