Producing good bacon is simple, but the processes involved are complex. I am not a historian or a food scientist, but I work in the bacon industry as an entrepreneur. Understanding the environment is fundamental.
The best way for me to understand complex processes is to retrace the historical account of unravelling the system. This is the approach we follow related to bacon. One of the most exciting stories in bacon is that of saltpetre (potassium nitrate) and sodium nitrite.