Bringing home the (Canadian) bacon

@JudyEv (137660)
Bunbury, Australia
August 18, 2018 4:02am CST
I responded to a discussion by @topffer who said he’d been to Spain from France to buy up on some items which are cheaper there. It reminded me that Vince brought home some bacon a few days ago that has come from Canada. We live in Western Australia. According to the butcher in the shop, it is shipped over then salted and pumped full of water (so they’re not paying freight on water). Vince could have bought Australian bacon at $25 a kilo (2.2 pounds). The Canadian bacon was $12 a kilo so in this instance we didn’t buy local although we normally try to. I have no idea why Canadian bacon is so much cheaper. It just seems crazy to me. I know many of you will have seen this photo before but I can’t resist putting it up again. The image is free to use.
21 people like this
24 responses
@moffittjc (46415)
• Gainesville, Florida
18 Aug
It is hard to believe that shipping that Canadian bacon halfway around the world would still be cheaper than the cost of local Australian bacon. I often ponder the same thing here in the US, about products that are manufactured in China and shipped to the US for sale. I would think that it would be cheaper to produce in our own country than to ship it from around the world. But I guess I'm wrong on that. Anyway, I love bacon, so as much as I would like to shop locally, if I found Canadian bacon to be much cheaper than our own local bacon, I would have chosen the Canadian bacon as well!
4 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
Our bacon was over twice as dear so it was hard to argue against buying the cheaper stuff. It certainly tasted nice.
4 people like this
@moffittjc (46415)
• Gainesville, Florida
19 Aug
@JudyEv Whether it's cheap stuff or expensive stuff, bacon always tastes great!
3 people like this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
19 Aug
@moffittjc with each country now trying to raise import tariffs and other such taxes, local produce will be cheaper. I am not sure whether increased protectionism is good for world trade or not, though!
4 people like this
@topffer (36488)
• Goa, India
18 Aug
An interesting alternative to a horse I wonder sometimes if they did not forgot to pay the transport of some goods...
3 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
I'd love to know the background to the photo. I don't know how the imported bacon can be so much cheaper than our own. It makes no sense at all to me.
2 people like this
@1hopefulman (33840)
• Canada
18 Aug
That is amazing that it's cheaper and so much cheaper than the local one. How was the taste?
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
It tasted fine. I can't work out how they can be selling imported bacon for that price and local bacon for so much more.
2 people like this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
19 Aug
@1hopefulman heavy government support and may be lower labour costs could be the reason.
2 people like this
@1hopefulman (33840)
• Canada
19 Aug
@JudyEv Could be that we have a lot of pigs here!
2 people like this
@bluesa (15214)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
18 Aug
Not sure why certain products from certain countries are cheaper, but thank goodness there are bargains like that because life is becoming more expensive. That child does not look amused hanging onto that pig.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
It seems strange that it is so much cheaper when it has had to be imported all the way from Canada. The boy doesn't look at all pleased does he?
2 people like this
@bluesa (15214)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
20 Aug
@JudyEv I also wonder how they work it out. No, he looks quite disgruntled, but it is cute.
2 people like this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
26 Aug
@bluesa products from certain countries are cheaper because of : A)High subsidies on certain products from their own state (Province) or central governments. B)Low labour cost incurred on products in the country exporting the product- applicable for China/India and now Bangladesh (In textiles) to a great extent. C)Currency exchange rate, and depreciation. For e.g- Indian rupee is sliding below 70 mark. 1 US Dollar= 55 Rupees compared to 1 US Dollar = 70 Rupees - this is unfavorable for Indian importers, but could be favorable for American importers(if certain Mr. Donald Trump does not interfere too much!)
2 people like this
@TRBRocks420 (84697)
• Banks, Oregon
18 Aug
Love the picture, must be a nice pig, he looks big enough to do some damage if he wanted too.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
True. You don't want to mess with pigs. They can be very hostile if it suits them.
2 people like this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
19 Aug
@TRBRocks420 from some distance it looked more like a young rhinoceros!
2 people like this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
21 Aug
2 people like this
@YrNemo (14768)
18 Aug
Perhaps the Canadians have more pig farmings there than the Australians?
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
Maybe but the industry will never grow while there is such a discrepancy in prices.
2 people like this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
19 Aug
@JudyEv governments sometimes give added benefits to the domestic farmers due to lobby pressures or due to the votes factors. And this is common- be a developing nation like India or developed nations like Canada, UK etc.
2 people like this
@snowy22315 (54620)
• United States
19 Aug
Very strange pricing indeed.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug
No wonder our poor farmers are going broke.
2 people like this
@snowy22315 (54620)
• United States
24 Aug
@JudyEv yeah..
2 people like this
@aureliah (19789)
• Kenya
18 Aug
I find the image quite beautiful
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
I wonder if he actually rode the pig. I'd love to know more about the pair.
2 people like this
@aureliah (19789)
• Kenya
3 Sep
@JudyEv Hahaha you need to research more on that
1 person likes this
@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
26 Aug
It is interesting sometimes how something from one area is cheaper than something closer to you. Was the Bacon as good?
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Aug
It was very nice bacon but has come from the other side of the world. I can't work out how it can be so much cheaper.
• Eugene, Oregon
22 Aug
Never saw that photo before! Funny! What a strange difference in price. I wonder why Australian bacon is so high? I stopped eating bacon about three or four years ago.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug
It just seems crazy to me. We are quite capable of growing really nice bacon and maybe our farmers wouldn't all be going out of business if this discrepancy was redressed.
2 people like this
@jaboUK (55193)
• United Kingdom
22 Aug
We have a lot of Danish bacon, but I haven't noticed if it's any cheaper.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug
I know Denmark has long been renowned for nice bacon.
2 people like this
@Freelanzer (9497)
• Canada
18 Aug
Canadian bacon means different things to those in Canada and the UK and those outside Canada. Does the bacon he bought look like regular bacon? What we refer to here as Canadian bacon looks more like sliced ham and it is round so it is distinctively Canadian bacon. But bacon exported is processed similarly to the conventional bacon and looks like it (strips) and is also referred to by as Canadian bacon by other countries. I guess which ever way you "slice" it is "Canadian" bacon when it comes from Canada.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
This is regular bacon as in rashes but as it comes from Canada we call it Canadian. It's interesting that Canadian bacon means something different in Canada.
2 people like this
@HazySue (23885)
• United States
18 Aug
I love that photo, it is perfect for your article. I haven't got a clue are to why the bacon is so much cheaper there. Let us know if you find out.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
We must ask the butcher in the supermarket one day. Vince often has a chat with him.
2 people like this
@wolfgirl569 (12195)
• Marion, Ohio
18 Aug
That is a big difference in price. I would have bought the canadian bacon too.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
It's pretty hard to argue against it when the difference is so much. We might have differently for just a dollar or two.
1 person likes this
@JohnRoberts (65416)
• Los Angeles, California
18 Aug
Only 2.2 pounds and $25? I guess that's Aussie dollars so I don't know the exchange rate with US. That's seems high.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
It is very high! That's why we went with the Canadian bacon. Our Aussie dollar is somewhere around 72 US cents.
2 people like this
@xFiacre (5796)
• Ireland
18 Aug
@judyev what gets done to meat before it arrives on my plate doesn’t bear thinking about.
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
I wrote a response to this and it's disappeared. I think they pump water into quite a few of the roasts etc. And of course that's why the bacon sizzles so much when it's cooking.
1 person likes this
@elanalove (659)
18 Aug
Yes canadian Bacon is cheaper,,,,and the picture is so nice...
2 people like this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Aug
You wouldn't think it would be cheaper than home-grown bacon.
1 person likes this
• Preston, England
20 Sep
that is a great photo to use
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Sep
It's a real classic isn't it? I'd love to know the story behind it.
1 person likes this
• Preston, England
20 Sep
@JudyEv quite a dangerous moment too - a pig that big could be quite unpredictable
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Sep
@arthurchappell They do make quite good pets - and they can't help their looks!
1 person likes this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
19 Aug
May be the Canadian Government heavily subsidizes the Bacon producing farmers!
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Aug
It would seem like it wouldn't it? It's a shame our own farmers aren't being protected to the same extent.
1 person likes this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
25 Aug
@JudyEv Aussie government does not give subsidies?
1 person likes this
@ptrikha_2 (10913)
• India
26 Aug
@JudyEv Yes extra tax in name of anti-dumping duty or anti-monopoly duty or countervailing tax or other N number of names.
1 person likes this
@id_peace (7631)
• Singapore
20 Sep
Actually this is the first time i actually see it.
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Sep
I try not to use the same photo too often.
1 person likes this
@id_peace (7631)
• Singapore
22 Sep
That is true too and this is new to people who are new lol
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (137660)
• Bunbury, Australia
23 Sep
@id_peace I don't worry too much about putting up a photo more than once for the reason you give - that lots of people won't have seen it.
1 person likes this