Science has the potential to be a force for good in the world, and our lives have been enriched by the fruits of the combined intellects of history's scientists. In science it's not immediately clear which piece of basic research will lead to the birth of a whole new industry so it's dangerous to rule out a line of research, just because we can't see immediate applications.
The Faculty of Bacon Butties at Leeds University seem to taking the mickey however. If I thought that one penny of my tax money was funding the creation of the state-of-the-art bacon butty I would be really angry rather than just mocking.
Universities are closing Chemistry departments and cutting down on real science while these people with their imbecilic pseudo-scientific formula waste university time, money and equipment.
Bacon is a crucial part of my diet - but I'd rather food research were left to Walls etc. rather than being something done at University.