Bringing home the (Canadian) bacon
By Judy Evans
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.
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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!
@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!)
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.