So-called pigjackers on rampage in China
Soaring pork prices in China have led to thieves
running off with truckloads of hogs. This new breed of criminal that has been
termed a 'pigjacker'.
A gang was stopped last year in Shenzhen attempting to drive away with around
275 pounds (125kg) of pork with a value of up to US$420 on a motorbike.
China's leaders are seriously worried about the pork shortage problem.
Memories of Tiananmen Square are fresh in their minds. They fear mass unrest
resulting from the current situation as 65% of the country's total meat
consumption is pork.
Food prices in general, and pork in particular, have been increasing rapidly
for months. Demand is outstripping supply against a background of rising grain
prices and an epidemic of "blue ear disease" forcing the mass culling of
thousands of hogs.
Beijing has put some of the country's official pork reserve aside should a
sudden crisis break out. China's problem regarding agricultural shortages is
predicted to worsen.
What was once a major exporting country of corn, may become an importer
having a serious effect on global grain prices.
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