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Bird Flu Is Slamming Factory Farms
The Midwest's ongoing avian flu crisis is wreaking havoc on the region's large-scale egg and turkey farms. Last week alone, the US Department of Agriculture confirmed that the virus had turned up in more than 20 additional facilities in the region, condemning 4 million birds to euthanasia. Altogether, the H5N2 virus—"highly pathogenic" to birds, so far non-threatening to humans—has affected 168 sites and a jaw-dropping 36 million birds, the great bulk of them in Iowa and surrounding states. It's the largest avian flu outbreak in US history—and it has already wiped out 40 percent of the egg-laying flock h Iowa, the number-one egg-producing state in the US, according to The New York Times.
Midwest Farmers Rush To Dispose Of Chickens Killed
The USDA says 38 million chickens must be killed to stop the spread of one of the worst outbreaks of avian flu in North America. Northwest Iowa officials are scrambling to dispose of the dead birds.
Egg Consumers Face $8 Billion Bill
Be it scrambled, poached or sunny side up, the cost of egg breakfasts may jump by billions of dollars during the U.S.’s worst outbreak of bird flu, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.
U.S. consumers will probably pay $7.5 billion to $8 billion more to buy eggs, an increase of at least 75 percent from last year, Goldman Sachs analysts including Jason English wrote in a report Wednesday. Packaged foods companies could find the ingredient in short supply, and McDonald’s Corp. will be most affected among major restaurant chains because it can’t easily pass on higher costs from its popular breakfast business.
The packaged food industry, such as baking businesses and mayonnaise makers, is focusing on securing egg supplies regardless of price, according to Goldman Sachs.
An Ingredient: Eggs
We include them [eggs] as an ingredient in our pancakes and grab them on muffins, biscuits, or croissants at fast food joints on our way to the office.
But we also eat eggs in quiches and flans, they hold our bread puddings together and bind stratas. We enjoy omelets both French and western. Egg salad remains a hugely popular sandwich filling and deviled eggs a beloved feature at picnics and church suppers.
If you’ve noticed that the price for a carton of eggs has gotten a little steep, you’re not dreaming.
This year, as California’s landmark chicken law goes into effect, agricultural economists predict that consumers will see a 10 percent to 40 percent hike in the cost of eggs. Some retailers were even seeing the economic effects of the new law before it started. For instance, on Thanksgiving day the average price of a dozen wholesale eggs shot up to $2, doubling in price from the start of the month. The holiday typically brings up demand, but experts speculate that California chicken farmers were already culling their flocks to meet the new legal requirements.
originally posted by: Teeky
Avian flu is non threatening to humans so, we dont have to worry ? Also why is meat so expensive? Aren't they cloning animals these days?
originally posted by: Iamthatbish
a reply to: ketsuko
I didn't know those were the last cheap non vegan proteins. I haven't bought thouse in almost a decade. I do understand the feed a family on a budget, my family eats more potatoes, rice and pasta than my waistline likes because my budget likes it.