Pork Shortage Plagues China

Beijing dips into pork preserve to avoid crisis
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Feb 3, 2008 6:09 PM CST
A Chinese woman buys pork from a market store in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008. China's temporary price control measures are unlikely to change the trend of rising prices, and increasing production...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pigjacking is China's latest crime. Sounds like a joke? Crooks are scoffing the swine thanks to a boom economy and a pig shortage that has hogs highly valued. With a record winter storm stranding thousands and sparking unrest, Beijing is dipping into its official pork preserve—hoping to calm a country that gets 65% of its protein from porkers, Newsweek reports.

But snow is likely to stall shipments and keep sow from reaching dinner tables in time for China's Lunar New Year. What's more, a stymied pork economy could reach other shores: Analysts warn that China will soon be a net importer and pig problems may cause grain prices to spike worldwide.