How Much For Meat?

When the pandemic started we were warned that prices for food would go up because of the precautions and fear the food supply chain would be effected….and I’ll be damned my meat went sky high……then the war in Ukraine and the prices of gas soared which in turn affected meat prices….they went through the roof.

I admit it….I am a meat eater….I truly enjoy a steak or a good burger or a stew and a pot roast….recently I got sticker shock when I went to the store for some ground chuck for burgers on the grill….but it is not just beef….pork, bacon, chicken all are quickly becoming prohibitive for some…..when will this madness stop?

Then my stack got smoked (thanx to Doug for that term) when I read this piece…..

Workers at meat-processing plants were forced to clock in to work during the early days of the pandemic, thanks to an executive order out of the Trump administration deeming them essential workers amid what was said to be a beef and pork shortage. Except now it seems that last part wasn’t exactly true, according to a new report out from the House panel studying how the US responded to COVID, per the Washington Post. What the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis concluded instead in its 61-page release was that the meat industry’s biggest players, with Tyson Foods in the driver’s seat, crafted a draft filled with “baseless” claims on meat shortages, then sent it along to the White House, which in turn issued an executive order that forced meat-processing factories nationwide to remain open for business.

“Meatpacking companies knew the risk posed by the coronavirus to their workers and knew it wasn’t a risk that the country needed them to take,” the panel’s report says, adding that, despite this knowledge, the companies pushed “aggressively” to keep workers on the clock in “unsafe conditions,” and to shield themselves from legal action if anyone got sick or died. Among the misleading info promoted by Tyson, Smithfield Foods, Cargill, JBS, and National Beef was that shuttering the plants “would lead to “an imminent meat shortage,” according to the report, which was culled from a review of 150,000-plus documents, as well as interviews with union reps, officials from OSHA and the Department of Agriculture, and health authorities. John H. Tyson, chairman of Tyson’s board, even took out a full-page ad in major newspapers in April 2020, proclaiming, “The food supply chain is breaking.”

Before Trump signed that executive order around the same time, top dogs from Tyson and Smithfield were said to have been in contact with members of the White House, including chief of staff Mark Meadows and VP Mike Pence’s own chief of staff, Marc Short, per the report. In January, a Reuters analysis found the vast majority—nearly 90%—of processing plants owned by the nation’s five biggest meat companies were slammed with COVID cases in 2020 and the beginning of 2021. Research from last year out of UC Davis found nearly 335,000 COVID cases in the US can be tied to the meatpacking plants, with an $11 billion price tag. A Tyson rep tells the Post the company has worked with officials within both the Trump and Biden administrations to wrangle with the pandemic, while a Smithfield executive notes that his company has sunk more than $900 million into worker safety initiatives.

My question is what will the government do?

I mean they cannot seem to te3ar themselves away from giving taxpayer money away for war….so9 what will the do for the people of this country….

My idea is prices controls and price roll backs….then a fine, a substantial fine not some slap on the wrist.

Any thoughts of your own?

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Closing Thought–16Feb22

Well crap!

I enjoy an avocado a good source of vitamins and protein….I became acquainted with them on a trip to Mexico and have enjoyed them for 40 years……and to my tastes the ones from Mexico are excellent and a great buttery taste.

Since we have been importing them from Mexico they are inexpensive….about 60 cents each…..but now we have a problem on the supply chain from Mexico.

Mexico has acknowledged that the US government has suspended all imports of Mexican avocados after a US plant safety inspector in Mexico received a threat, the AP reports. The surprise, temporary suspension was confirmed late Saturday on the eve of the Super Bowl, the biggest sales opportunity of the year for Mexican avocado growers—though it would not affect game-day consumption since those avocados had already been shipped. Avocado exports are the latest victim of the drug cartel turf battles and extortion of avocado growers in the western state of Michoacan, the only state in Mexico fully authorized to export to the US market.

The US government suspended all imports of Mexican avocados “until further notice” after a US plant safety inspector in Mexico received a threatening message, Mexico’s Agriculture Department said in a statement. “US health authorities … made the decision after one of their officials, who was carrying out inspections in Uruapan, Michoacan, received a threatening message on his official cellphone,” the department wrote. The import ban came on the day that the Mexican avocado growers and packers association unveiled its Super Bowl ad for this year. Mexican exporters have taken out the pricey ads for almost a decade in a bid to associate guacamole as a Super Bowl tradition.

This year’s ad shows Julius Caesar and a rough bunch of gladiator fans outside what appears to be the Colosseum, soothing their apparently violent differences by enjoying guacamole and avocados. The association did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ban, which hits an industry with almost $3 billion in annual exports. However, avocados for this year’s Super Bowl had already been exported in the weeks prior to the event. The US Embassy wrote that “facilitating the export of Mexican avocados to the US and guaranteeing the safety of our agricultural inspection personnel go hand in hand,” and that it is “working with the Mexican government to guarantee security conditions that would allow our personnel in Michoacan to resume operations.”

This ought to make the US avocado industry smile….for they are more expensive and less tasty so now they may have a captive audience at least for awhile.

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Closing Thought–08Feb22

If you have been shopping in the past year or so then you will be having ‘sticker shock’ for the prices of everything has done nothing but rise….especially food and gas….we need to eat and we need transportation so we suck it up and make the sacrifice and spend the money that we worked so hard to get.

The news is much more troubling than the prices…..

A new analysis released Tuesday ahead of a congressional hearing on pandemic-era price gouging shows that U.S. corporations in the food and energy sectors—from Tyson to Exxon Mobil—are pushing higher costs onto consumers while raking in ever-increasing revenues and handing executives massive pay packages.

Conducted by the advocacy group Food & Water Watch (FWW), the analysis spotlights the fact that skyrocketing food and energy—specifically gasoline—prices have been major contributors to the overall rise of inflation in the U.S. Between December 2019 and December 2021, the nation’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) jumped by 8.5%.

According to FWW, overall energy costs rose 20% over that period while the price per gallon of unleaded gasoline increased by 31.7%.

Meanwhile, FWW found, “the cost to feed a family of four on a ‘thrifty’ food plan has increased by 33.5%,” driven by the rising prices of ground beef (+19.2%), bacon (+31.7%), chicken breasts (+19.7%), milk (+17.4%), and eggs (+16.5%).

The analysis emphasizes that such “egregious” price increases come as leading corporations in the U.S. food and energy sectors are reporting growing revenues and huge profits. Tyson Foods—the second-largest chicken, beef, and pork processor in the world—has seen its revenue grow 11% above pre-pandemic levels.

The corporation also rewarded its top executives with higher pay in 2021 even as it raised prices for consumers, blaming supply chain issues.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/02/01/data-highlights-egregious-pandemic-profiteering-us-food-and-oil-giants

At least it is good to see that CEOs and corporations did not suffer the same fate as the rest of us mere mortals.

Biden promises to address rising inflation….and if you think this will do anything to help us peasants then you have not been paying attention for the last 50 years.

There is a way to help us peasants but it is not an option for the corporations pay Congress to see that they continue to make their obscene profits while screwing the rest of us.

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Can You Say Cheese?

I think there is nothing better than a good cheese…..my better half says with enough cheese I could eat a bowling ball…..

My friend Pete, https://beetleypete.com/, and I are always talking about wine and cheese….but how many people know anything at all about cheese other than it is either yellow or white?

Since it is the weekend and I so enjoy giving my readers a little FYI….and what better subject than cheese…..

‘I hate to dictate to people. I don’t like too many rules,” says Iain Mellis, a cheesemonger of 40 years, with cheese shops bearing his name scattered across Scotland. Mellis has spent his life trying to make artisan cheese more accessible; the last thing he wants is to be so prescriptive that people are put off.

Yet the world of good cheese is already mired in misunderstandings that, at best, detract from its enjoyment and, at worst, result in its ruination. Cheese stored incorrectly is easily marred, while the mistaken beliefs that you need red wine, specialist knives or even a cheeseboard to enjoy it only reinforce cheese’s recherché reputation.

As we enter the season of cheese – and the month during which we will buy (and eat) more cheese than in any other – it is worth debunking some of the more commonly held fictions regarding fromage.

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/dec/06/fromage-fictions-the-14-biggest-cheese-myths-debunked

My preference is Camembert for soft cheese, sharp cheddar for semi-hard and Manchego for a hard cheese…..a good red wine Malbec or a Granache…..

I also enjoy a good grilled cheese made with Havarti, Cheddar and Provolone…..

What is your favorite cheese?

Have a good weekend….be well and be safe…..

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2022–First News

You have begun a new year…a year of elections, pandemic and far Right silliness and hatred….so I feel bad about being the messenger of more bad news for us mere mortals…..

Our holiday season of last year was the most expensive in recent history….sorry to say 2022 is not looking like any improvement…..

Red-hot inflation has been showing up in tangible form in everyone’s grocery bills throughout 2021. Is there relief on the horizon in the new year? Not so much. The Wall Street Journal surveyed several major food manufacturers and finds that prices for just about everything will keep rising. Kraft Heinz, for example, projects an average price increase of 5% for its products, though some will go as high as 20%. Fans of the company’s Grey Poupon mustard should brace for a hike of up to 13%. Another big name, Mondelez International, plans to raise the price of its cookies, candy, and other goodies by up to 7% starting in January. General Mills also will be raising prices next month. Produce, dairy, bread, juice, mac-and-cheese, frozen meals, mayo—you name it, it’s probably going up.

“There’s nothing immune,” says Tony Sarsam of of food retailer and distributor SpartanNash Co. The story cites by-now familiar problems, including supply-chain issues and higher labor and packaging costs. Not surprisingly, this will not only affect those who cook at home but those who eat out, notes Mashed. The costs of some items have risen higher than others over the past year, including beef (24%), bacon (20%), and eggs (12%), and no short-term relief looks to be in sight. Virtually all restaurants surveyed report major supply-chain problems with key ingredients, and menu prices are on track to keep rising. The Cheesecake Factory, for example, just raised prices 3% and may add another 2% in 2022.

Not to worry as wages stagnate the billionaires will still go to space and rake in fed money as they wait their turn in the rocket.

My prediction for 2022….nothing will change…the GOP will continue to do what they do best…..obstruct, the Dems will rant and rave and in the end do nothing, the MSM will continue to push a pro-war agenda of the MI-C….Americans will suffer from high prices and low wages…in other words the same crap we have suffered with for many decades.

Sorry to pee on the new year’s parade but forewarned is forearmed…..

Be well and be safe….

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“lego ergo scribo”

News For Canine Service Humans

The new year begins….and a little FYI…..

As a proud service unit for my canine friend I am always on the lookout for news that I can pass on to other service units…..

The most important service we provide is the meals that our friends need to eat and the outlook is not too rosy…..

Supply chain issues are causing major headaches for pet owners as well as holiday shoppers. In a problem exacerbated by the rise in pet ownership during the pandemic, cat and dog owners say they are having a lot of problems locating their pet’s preferred brand, the Wall Street Journal reports. Some go to from store to store seeking the right food, others pay inflated prices to resellers online, and some have resorted to cooking for their pets themselves, though their offerings are often rejected. Wet food, which often uses imported ingredients, is in especially short supply, and some supermarkets are opting to let shelves sit empty.

Pet owners say the problem goes beyond animals being finicky—many pets have special dietary requirements, and dogs and cats often get so attached to a particular type of food that they simply won’t eat a different kind. Nashville cat owner Zachary Whitten tells the Journal that he has tried feeding pricier brands to the four cats and several strays he is looking after, but they often just take a bite or two and wander away. “Some of the cats have lost a pound or two just because they haven’t been getting consistent food,” he says. “It’s been a waking nightmare.” Aluminum shortages as well as shipping problems have contributed to shortages of canned food, USA Today reports.

The JM Smucker Company, maker of major pet food brands including Meow Mix and Kibbles ‘n Bits, told retailers last month that shipments of some products would be limited until January 2023. Reuters reports that candy makers are among the many other industries hit hard by supply chain issues and staff shortages, meaning some people shopping for the holidays are having a hard time finding candy canes. “We’re not taking new orders from new customers,” says Andrew Schuman, chief executive officer of Hammond’s, the largest US wholesale candy cane supplier. “We can’t keep up with demand.”

Be careful in the food that you prepare for your charges…..and check with your vet they should have information on any recalls and dangers to your friend…..or consult this website for any problems in the food you want to feed your friend……https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/

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Closing Thought–10Nov21

It is that time again when we get together with family and friends to have a large meal and some sort of sports (no doubt)….it is Thanksgiving time again.

My family serves up Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green peas, mac and cheese (my granddaughter’s favorite), green bean casserole, bread…..sort of typical…..but this year we will be paying money cash for our meal….

The American Farm Bureau says the average cost of preparing a Thanksgiving dinner fell to its lowest level in a decade last year—but 2021 is a very different story. Price hikes on numerous items for a variety of reasons are set to make this year’s Thanksgiving feast the most expensive on record, the New York Times reports. Canned cranberries will cost more because of a steel shortage, turkeys will cost more because the price of the corn they eat has more than doubled, and dinner rolls will cost more because the price of baking ingredients has gone up.

“When you go to the grocery store and it feels more expensive, that’s because it is,” Farm Bureau economist Veronica Nigh tells CBS. The bureau predicts that a typical turkey dinner with all the trimmings will cost up to 5% more than it did a year ago. Supply chain issues and labor shortages are also driving up prices. Norman Brown at Wada Farms in Raleigh, NC, says he is paying truckers almost double the normal rate to haul sweet potatoes. “I never seen anything like it, and I’ve been running sweet potatoes for 38 or 39 years,” he tells the Times. “I don’t know what the answer is, but in the end it’s all going to get passed on to the consumer.”

Analysts say turkey prices per pound are on course to top the record of $1.36 set in 2015. It’s not clear whether consumers will face shortage of ingredients, though some have started stocking up already. “I picture a perfect storm of increased demand and lack of supply,” says food writer Matt Lardie. Nigh at the Farm Bureau, however, says people should be able to find whatever they want, though they might pay more for it. She says this is a normal production year for turkeys, but many farmers kept them on feed longer to deal with an expected rise in demand. “If you can’t raise more turkeys, raise turkeys that are a little fatter,” Nigh says.

Sorry for the bummer news….but I felt I should let my readers know ahead of time so they could make any adjustments that they may need.

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

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“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–01Nov21

Have you been to the store lately for groceries?

There are plenty of empty shelves and a limited amount of products to choose from…..this began with the pandemic (so we are told) then in my area a hurricane hit making products in short supply we were told that people from Louisiana were driving over and buying up the stuff (this did not ring true to me) then we are told that there were not enjoy drivers to deliver stuff but a local chain here has little problem stocking their shelves so if this small enterprise can did it why not a national stores?

This is a problem that is not going way….especially if Sen. Hawley has anything to do with it….

Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.) has a plan to address the current supply chain issues bedeviling the American economy.

He wants to make them permanent.

In an op-ed for The New York Times published Friday, Hawley uses the temporary supply chain problems as an excuse to push for a permanent expansion of federal power over the affairs of private businesses. We must “fundamentally restructure our country’s trade policy,” Hawley demands, and that means injecting both the Pentagon and Commerce Department bureaucrats into companies’ purchasing decisions. Under the terms of a bill that Hawley is proposing, any product determined to be “critical for our national security and essential for the protection of our industrial base” would have to have at least 50 percent of its value made in the United States.

Why is it necessary for the government to get significantly more involved in the system of global trade that’s allowed Americans to enjoy unparalleled prosperity in recent years? Because “the global pandemic has exposed this system for what it is—a failure,” Hawley writes.

One must assume that if the lights in his home went out due to a storm, Hawley would respond by declaring electricity to be a mistake and demanding that the government require homes to be lit with candles and gas lamps. After all, what is the electrical grid but a complicated supply chain that leaves Americans woefully dependent on production and distribution systems (power plants, substations, and lines) that they do not fully control? Better to produce your own lighting, right? If that means you have to live without television or the internet, well, those are just the trade-offs required to achieve self-sufficiency.

Josh Hawley Wants to Make the Supply Chain Crisis Permanent

I have thought that Hawley was a joke and nothing he has done in 2021 has changed my mind…..and the people of Missouri ought to be smart enough to know what an embarrassment this toad is and will continue to be.

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Weekend Report

The news is so damn redundant these days…abortion, Congressional antics, idiotic ramblings, etc…..for that reason I try to give my readers some news that may have been forsaken for the sensationalism….

We live in an age of flavored drinks, well flavored everything, and plant-based food, a fancy cutesy name for vegan or vegetarianism, even to the point of meat grown in labs……

For years, the former pharmaceutical industry executive watched from the sidelines as biotech startups raked in venture capital, making bold pronouncements about the future of meat. He was fascinated by their central contention: the idea that one day, soon, humans will no longer need to raise livestock to enjoy animal protein. We’ll be able to grow meat in giant, stainless-steel bioreactors—and enough of it to feed the world. These advancements in technology, the pitch went, would fundamentally change the way human societies interact with the planet, making the care, slaughter, and processing of billions of farm animals the relic of a barbaric past.

It’s a digital-era narrative we’ve come to accept, even expect: Powerful new tools will allow companies to rethink everything, untethering us from systems we’d previously taken for granted. Countless news articles have suggested that a paradigm shift driven by cultured meat is inevitable, even imminent. But Wood wasn’t convinced. For him, the idea of growing animal protein was old news, no matter how science-fictional it sounded. Drug companies have used a similar process for decades, a fact Wood knew because he’d overseen that work himself.

Lab-grown meat is supposed to be inevitable. The science tells a different story.

Since I am a meat eater I will be long dead before we are forced to grow our meat in labs.

I will admit that in my younger days, 6-s and 70s, I was an experimenter with drugs of all sorts….’shrooms were a favorite…..now there is medical evidence that these have some therapeutic benefits…..

Large quantities of psilocybin – the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms – can be produced in a rudimentary “homebrew style environment” that doesn’t even need to be sterilized, according to a new study in the journal Bioengineered. While recreational users will still find it easier to obtain the psychedelic drug by growing or hunting mushrooms, the development of moonshine psilocybin (shroomshine?) could enable the production of large quantities of the compound for clinical use.

A swathe of recent studies have hinted at the therapeutic potential of psilocybin, primarily as a treatment for depression and other mental health disorders. However, growing and harvesting magic mushrooms is not considered an economically feasible means of meeting clinical demand, due to the slow production process and high product variability.

For this reason, scientists have spent the last few years creating genetically engineered microorganisms that can synthesize psilocybin quickly and cheaply. Last year, researchers revealed that they had successfully created the compound using yeast, although the complexity and cost of the process left room for improvement.

Building on this previous work, the authors of the new study claim to have developed an extremely cheap method of producing psilocybin using a genetically edited strain of the E. coli bacteria. Magic mushroom genes that code for the biosynthesis of psilocybin were first inserted into the microbe’s genome, before the researchers set up their own homemade lab with which to manufacture the compound.

https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/homebrew-psilocybin-created-by-scientists-using-widely-available-materials/

Ever heard of ‘restless leg syndrome’?

How about ‘restless anus syndrome’?

Yes my friends that is not a gag…..it is a real thing.

If it seems like every day you’re reading headlines about new and potentially scary COVID-19 side effects, you might not want to hear the latest story coming from a coronavirus patient in Japan. The male patient has been suffering from something called “restless anal syndrome” after contracting the virus. But before you panic, know that this seemingly rare after-effect has only been reported in this singular patient thus far, and a gastroenterologist is here to explain why there’s truly no need to worry just yet.

Here’s the scoop: A recent report published in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Infectious Diseases detailed the case of a 77-year-old man who was hospitalized for 21 days with COVID-19. After being discharged, however, he began to experience “restless, deep anal discomfort” between his anus and genitals, and an incessant feeling of the need to poop, according to the case report. (ICYDK, there are lots of reasons you might have an itchy butt or genital itching.)

https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/restless-anal-syndrome-is-the-latest-side-effect-linked-to-covid-19

There you have it…the most worthless news of the day…..

Go out and have a good day…..make someone smile…..

Be Well….Be Safe….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Closing Thought–01Oct21

Horrible news!

My better half says that with enough bacon I could eat a bowling ball.

All true…everything is better with bacon.

Now for the horrible news…..

Not since the Reagan years will a side of bacon set you back as much as it does now. CNN reports that the price of the breakfast staple is the highest it’s been in four decades when adjusted for inflation, with the average cost rising close to 30% over the past year, per the Consumer Price Index. It all comes down to the supply chain, and like other industries, pork’s took a hit in the US during the pandemic. Meatpacking plants were temporarily closed and pigs were euthanized amid an animal backlog while those factories were shuttered.

WBIR notes that labor shortages also contributed to the pork problem, all while consumer demand has stayed steady. Pork prices overall have surged 12.1% since December, per a National Economic Council briefing earlier this month. “I’ve been in the restaurant business since the early ’80s, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” one chef for a food truck in San Francisco tells CNN, noting the price of pork needed for one of his specialty dishes has doubled in recent months.

One state is getting hit with a double bacon whammy: Not only are prices increasing in California, but new animal welfare rules set to take effect next year could mean pork products all but vanish there. Per an AP report in July, the state will soon start enforcing a proposition approved by voters in 2018 that mandates more space for breeding pigs, as well as for other livestock such as chickens that lay eggs and calves kept for veal.

Well crap!

My October just started with bad news….hopefully the rest of the month will be better.

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