Thanksgiving is Becoming Less Affordable

Thanksgiving is one of the most iconic American holidays, along with Christmas and the Fourth of July. But while other holidays are bringing in even more revenue as time goes on, why is Thanksgiving becoming less popular? Through economic and environmental struggles, Thanksgiving is recieving the rough end of the stick from both.

The entire market has been on a decline for the past year. While some billionaires who control it are thriving, most have been facing hardships. During the pandemic, when the customers of these large enterprises were dependent on the online capabilities of their applications, the market was doing great, and promoting companies that were not even remotely connected to the outbreak. Now, as we slowly get more accustomed to our previous ways, our dependency online has diminished, bringing down the market.

Along with this, the raging issue of global warming has also impacted the situation. According to Brad Rubin, “The virus doesn’t usually flourish in warm temperatures, but this season was different”. The global temperature has been at a rise for so many seasons in a row that viruses have adapted to it. The fluctuation in weather has offset the environment, and livestock aren’t able to survive in the harsh conditions. 2.5% of the national turkey population has died off, most of that coming from the turkeys that were supposed to be for human consumption. This is causing a 23% price increase in turkeys, meaning that many families will not be able to afford the now-expensive bird.

One way to save money in today’s economy is to consider not buying a turkey at all. Chickens are a healthier alternative that are much cheaper due to a higher production. If you insist on turkey, maybe consider buying just the breast. The breast itself has also experienced a price jump, one even higher than the jump of the entire bird. But if you calculate a weight to price ratio, the breast is still a better option than the entire bird. For other parts of the Thanksgiving meal, try out canned cranberries. Many people prefer canned cranberries over fresh anyway, so now, it’s their time to shine. With potato prices rising, sweet potatoes and yams are becoming seemingly better choices. It is always smart to improvise, and buying in bulk is the next best solution. You might not want to buy multiple turkeys, but you could buy a lot of potatoes (whether they are sweet or not) and use some of them now, some of them later. Canned goods have a long life, so the cranberries will last a few Thanksgivings.

In January, the price for a dozen eggs was $1.20. Now, it’s at $3.50. With prices growing at such fast rates, it is hard to see a future without outrageous prices for staples of cuisine. We don’t know anything for sure, but if we want these hard times to end, we can all work together and help. By making the planet healthier, the animals that live on it will become healthier too. Make smart decisions, and realize that every action has its own effect.

Sources:
https://www.fooddive.com/news/thanksgiving-dinner-costs-increase-wells-fargo/635364/
https://www.fooddive.com/news/eggs-turkey-prices-increase-price-hpai-outbreak-bird-flu-poultry-disease/631345/

Jackfruit Versus World Hunger

World hunger, global warming, and the pandemic are the current problems that the world is facing right now. All three are extremely relevant, and the former two will decide the economic and political future of the world. Since this site is about developments in the food industry, the first problem of world hunger is one that can be talked about. Many countries have high rates of hunger, which means that a person does nto have a guaranteed meal every day. This is a sensitive topic, and there are many levels to world hunger which most people don’t understand. Over the last 5 years, governments have been researching how to better the life of their starving citizens, how to aid them when they need it the most. And a possible solution may just be a simple crop. Jackfruit.

Jackfruit has always been an important fruit in many cultures. One important quality of the fruit is that all parts of it, including the tree it is grown on, can be used for the betterment of said cultures. The leaves of the plant and tree contain antioxidants, detoxifications, and phytonutrients. The wood from the tree is compact and easy to work with. It is also resistant to termites, making it a good choice for furniture. The fruit itself is extremely nutritious. Often used as a meat substitute, it has high levels of protein, potassium, minerals, and vitamins. In addition, it has the texture of pulled pork. This means that many countries in South Asia, where jackfruit naturally grows, can use this fruit to substitute for meats they cannot eat. Jackfruit also grows extremely fast, and produces large fruit that can weigh from 3-10 watermelons (27-90 kilograms).

But this has become a disadvantage. This fruit hasn’t gained the attention it deserves yet. The demand for jackfruit isn’t where it should be. Since the supply is so high, the price of jackfruit has gone down, as suppliers just want to get ride of their stockpile. But this has ruined the economy which goes hand in hand with jackfruit. Mass exports have become impossible due to the low valuation, where suppliers are losing money and still have the remaining 75% of their harvested jackfruit. If only this plant was able to be cultivated in other land masses, where the fruit could be growing in the place where it is needed. World hunger wouldn’t be a problem if this plant was everywhere. Yet, it is found everywhere. The countries with the highest hunger rates are Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.These countries already have established trade with other countries on the African Continent, such as Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, and other tropical African countries. These countries are known to be native to jackfruit.

The country which produces the most jackfruit annually is India. As mentioned before, they are forced to waste up to 75% of their annual harvest. This is not good, and the Indian government recognizes it. Fame is being brought to the fruit, and the stigma against it is being lifted. All the magical properties, the convenience, and the speed of growth have made it cheap. And people think that it is for people who can only afford jackfruit. Sales have decreased even more because people don’t want to be seen with an “imitation meat”. Organizations are being developed simply for the cause of bringing fame to the crop, and rightfully so. Jackfruit belongs in a higher category of fruits than it currently is in.

Vegan consumers have been crazing over jackfruit for years. In the past, veganism was correlated with green vegetables, no flavor, and people trying to lose weight. Now, veganism is a heavily studied diet which is also known for attempting to imitate the foods in the world of an omnivorous diet. Jackfruit is extremely versatile, and suitable for so many different dietary requirements. Jackfruit has the potential to become the face of veganism and the solution to world hunger all at once. People just need to give it the chance it deserves.

Sources:
https://borgenproject.org/jackfruit-ending-world-hunger/
https://lifetone.co.uk/blogs/news/jackfruit-leaves-health-benefits
https://kaliudabali.com/all-about-jackfruit-wood-or-jackwood/
https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/story/worlds-hungriest-countries

How Mass Production Has Affected Our World

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Mass production. As anyone studying economy can tell you, the demand must always be higher than the supply for a successful business. Even if there is no intention for the product to be exclusive, if you want your product to sell, you need to be needed more by the customers than you need the customer. This is the first rule of economics, but any industry that partakes in mass production thinks otherwise. They always want to have their product at the ready for use by the consumer. We see these trends in the industries of cars, clothes, furniture, and most importantly, food.

Mass production hasn’t always been a problem, and the techniques which built up to it were revolutionary in the world of technology. The production line from Henry Ford in 1913, the Speedee Service System from the McDonald brothers in 1948, and the evolution of industrialism over the last few centuries have all played their own role in this rapidly changing ecosystem. These systems were put in place to maximize efficiency and reduce stress. All business owners wanted to be the head of the most reliable business in its own industry. Ford made cars accessible to the middle class, and McDonald’s advertised their product so that it seemed attractive to every group of people. Quality wasn’t the main focus at the time, but it was still a factor which played a role in the validity of the product. As time went on, mass production has brought down the quality of products. It has gone unnoticed for a long time, because the price has gone down along with the quality.

Mass production has become socially acceptable for a multitude of reasons. The most successful companies in the world all rely on mass production in some shape or form. This gives mass production a good name. Apple is in possession of the facilities to produce 500,000 iPhones in one day! McDonalds do sell over 50,000,000 burgers a day! Without modern techniques in mass production, they wouldn’t be able to reach these milestones.

To sum it up, modern companies require modern solutions to the high demand that exists for any important product. They chose to resort to a method which prioritizes efficiency over quality. And for this, they are rewarded with billions of dollars of revenue. Though we as a species are meant to continue in our progression through evolution, some things should not be treated as collateral damage. The effects that low quality products can have could be detrimental to any consumer’s wellbeing. This is why it is important to stick to high quality foods and appliances.

The 77 Cent Big Mac

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The Big Mac is a burger which has been discussed on this blog before. A few revelations have been made about the burger, and there continue to be discoveries and innovations in this subject. As McDonald’s gets richer as a company, the prices go up, and the production cost for most of their food items go down. This results in a huge profit margin.

When the restaurants started selling Big Macs, it was already 1967, well after Ray Kroc took over the company. The Big Mac was priced at $0.45, which is over $3 in current day money. It took almost $0.30 to produce a Big Mac, which is $2. Since then, the prices have gone down in production and up in the retail price. The Big Mac has gotten bigger itself, but the production cost is now a whopping $0.77! They sell it for $4 in most places, but the average price around the world is just over $5.50 USD.

There is one more figure, which is the most startling yet. It was discovered by a home cook, Jim James, that if you make a Big Mac at home, buying all the ingredients separately and what McDonald’s claims that their burger has, it would add up to $6.63. This is almost 9 times the price that McDonald’s produces their burgers with. This figure could be summed up by saying McDonald’s is buying their products in bulk, but when their expenses are only 11.6% the price of buying all the ingredients separately, anyone can see that something fraudulent is going on.

Advertising Towards Children

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Have you ever been scrolling through the internet and come across an ad for fast food? Well this is highly likely. A recent government directed experiment has told us that 44% of the ads we see on a daily basis are related to or promoting consumption of fast food. This number is already a very big number, but it will be outrageous once you find out why.

Yum! Brands is listed as a Fast Food corporation, but in reality, it is responsible for the rise of obesity in children over the last 20 years. In 2004, Yum! Brands held a conference in Singapore called “Top Ten Ways to Market Asian Youths of Today”. This conference was organized due to the fact that children were starting to spend time watching television and society as a whole was starting to be more technology based than ever before. Yum! Brands chose to exploit this fact, and they wanted to market towards children specifically. Their logic was this: Children have 70 years of their life left to live, which can equate to 70 years of being a loyal customer. Since children can learn a lot quicker than adults, it would be easier to spread the idea of fast food through the minds of children. This corporation would corrupt an entire generation just to make more sales.

Corporations like this have taken over the world. They hold the health of the human race at their fingertips, and they are using their power in the worst way possible. Fast Food is an industry that can only be stopped once everyone understands the truth about it. We need to stop funding these corporations, and we need to stop falling for all of their mind tricks. This is the only way to save ourselves.

School Lunches (The Solutions)

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Before reading this blog, you should make sure that you have read the previous one. It regards the “Problems” aspect of School Lunches. Think of this blog as a sequel to the previous.

One main problem to address with school lunches is the actual nutritional benefit. Most students choose to leave the healthy options out of their diet. The first step to healthy lunches is to inform all students what they are missing out on. The first step to getting through any roadblock is acceptance, and most children don’t accept that what they are doing is unhealthy.

Schools can also provide healthy lunch options that are interesting to eat. Presentation and taste go hand in hand to create an appealing meal, and if you can’t provide both of these things, then no school can expect the average student to eat healthier.

If schools can combine the two ideas of knowledge and interesting foods, then the future generations will grow up on healthy food, which will give us a healthier world.

School Lunches (The Problems)

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A high percent of the public school system is infamous for its subpar lunches. The food looks and tastes extremely unappetizing. And even though they have a rule that everyone must take a fruit or a vegetable, the lack of nutrition in these lunches is astounding. As we get into it, please keep in mind that all schools are trying to meet expected standards, but there are some obstacles in the way sometimes. The first crucial point is that children can decline to eat any food they don’t want to eat. This seems like a good idea because you should be able to eat what you want to eat. The problem that arises is some children will probably decline all the healthy options which the school provides, and this is one obstacle that they face. I am not saying that schools should be able to force kids to eat all the food, but schools can take other paths to keep their students healthy and meet all the requirements of the FDA. Another flaw with how schools plan out the lunches is MyPlate. MyPlate is a nutrition guide that contains the five food groups which people should be consuming. The groups are Protein, Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Dairy. This format for a school lunch is not effective, as it is hard to follow. Not every kid wants to eat a vegetable, and not every kid can drink a carton of milk with their sandwich. When kids aren’t getting all the nutrition they need from school, only one thing can be held responsible. The MyPlate. In theory, this would work perfectly. And it is still suggested to try and follow MyPlate to your best ability. But in school, this cannot be controlled. In life, there are always inconveniences and roadblocks. But you still need to do the best you can. Remember to stay healthy! Stay tuned for another blog regarding School Lunches, and this time, we are going over solutions.