Here it is: the perfect storm of an economic downturn, a national bacon frenzy, and the rise of factory farming. Desperate financial times may be the key motivator in an ongoing series of pig thefts in Minnesota and Iowa, reports the New York Times. Another factor: Unevenly monitored factory farms far from human eyes make the offloading of dozens or even hundreds of large farm animals attainable without detection.

Tie this together with a boom in cattle thefts, an epic tomato hijacking, and a guy stuffing beef down his pants, and it appears we’re facing a seriously delicious crime wave. And/or a national case of the munchies. And/or the beginning of the end of Western civilization.

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