Bacon was not to blame for the hazardous air pollution in Dazhou, Sichuan province, reports now say, confirming what proponents of smoked meats have known all along.
An air of gloom settled over the already smog-ridden city last month when Rao Bing, the deputy head of the Dazhou Environment Protection Bureau, pointed to smoked bacon as the cause of the city’s insufferable haze and promptly ordered closures.
Following a long-held tradition, nearly every household in Dazhou makes smoked bacon ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. This year, however, it was not to be. Chengguan, unrepentant in their cruelty, smashed down bacon-smoking sites and tore families from tradition…and it was all done in vain. IN VAIN!
Air quality index (AQI) levels showed no improvement following the citywide smoked bacon shutdown, according to Shanghai Daily. Now, one sensible pollution prevention official (and possibly that godforsaken city’s only hope) has broken his silence on the matter to point out that it was probably the local industrial giant Dazhou Steel Group causing the pollution.
The unnamed official was quoted as saying that the bad air quality was more probably a result of industrial pollution, and that as the city’s biggest energy consumer the steel corporation was the prime suspect.
Officials were prompted to tackle the air pollution situation when they noticed that the AQI appeared static above 200. On several days it surpassed 470.
The attack on bacon smokers caused much controversy in the city, as the industry dates back hundreds of years and locals consider sizzling rashers a culinary staple.
Observers have confirmed that smoking meat does contribute to pollution, but only to the smallest degree. Dazhou Steel, meanwhile, produces around 3.5 million tons of pig iron every year.