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Is There a Shortage of Thanksgiving Turkey? Investigation

Getting a turkey for Thanksgiving this year will be harder and more expensive than usual. According to the USDA, frozen turkey stocks are 24% lower than their three-year average volumes and turkey production is down from the year-on-average; the agency also found that wholesale prices for frozen whole turkeys were on average the highest monthly prices in September since the series began in 2006. Retailers were essentially forced to bet earlier this year on the number turkeys sold and the sizes that would be preferable to buyers, for example Vox, and buyers will likely be disappointed with the exorbitant price of the entire Thanksgiving dinner from start to finish due to supply chain disruptions.

The great organic food fraud

Remember Randy Constant, the mastermind behind the biggest food fraud case in the history of the organic food industry? Prosecutors accused him of causing customers to spend at least a quarter of a billion dollars on products falsely labeled with organic seals? Well, this article from The New Yorker looks at Constant’s complex scheme and the weaknesses of the organic certification system that he was able to exploit for profit. What emerges clearly from the test is that distorting a product as being organic is far from a victimless crime; thousands of consumers paid a high price for products they believed to be better for the Earth and their health, and truly organic farmers were forced to compete with Constant’s operations which sold “organic” crops at unreasonable prices low.

Walmart delivery people say new pay model steals tips

Point Pickup, a delivery contractor used by Walmart, Kroger and other large retailers, has reportedly started to tap into customer tips to cover guaranteed wages for its employees. It is far from unprecedented, unfortunately. In 2019, Amazon was using tips for the promised compensation of its Amazon Flex delivery drivers, and the company is currently paying more than 140,000 Amazon drivers $ 61.7 million in reimbursement for tips withheld between 2016 and 2019. This news comes up. just days after the federal decision. Trade Commissoin has informed many of the most high-profile companies in the US gig economy that it will aggressively pursue those that advertise bogus opportunities to make money on their apps. Vice reports.

After decades of raising bigger birds, some producers are shrinking chicken

A growing segment of the poultry industry aims to rear small birds more slowly to achieve a better balance between animal welfare, efficiency and the flavor and tenderness of the meat. They avoid the fast-growing genetic trait and instead select animals whose offspring have strong immune systems and strong legs to jump and run outside. They also seek to ensure that animals achieve bird happiness, which means the ability to do activities such as perching, pecking, and scratching in the dirt. “The high demand and the competitiveness for cheaper meat have lowered the quality of chicken,” said Matt Wadiak, founder of Cooks Venture. Bloomberg. “The industry is on a rushing train.” However, niche producers like Wadiak are expected to struggle to make a dent in this hugely consolidated market.

Diet study finds optimal hours of sleep for healthy snacking habits

A new study shows that people who get seven or more hours of sleep at night consume significantly less sugar, caffeine and carbohydrates as part of their morning and evening snacks. Snacks make up 25% of the average daily calorie intake, and they can make the difference between a healthy diet and a poor diet, which is why the study focused on both the nutritional quality of the snacks and on their timing. Healthier snacks consumed in the afternoon rather than morning or night appeared to have a positive effect on sleep quality, while (obviously) late-night alcoholic drinks and early morning caffeinated drinks or snacks of ultra-processed junk foods decreased the quality of sleep. Reverse has the details.


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