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Friday, April 25, 2008

Food in the News

Filed under: News — shaye3 @ 1:26 pm
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While I’ve been a slacker and haven’t been taking pictures of anything I’ve been cooking this week, I have been reading the news. There have been three different food-related tidbits that I thought I’d post about.

1. Costco and Sam’s Club are limiting the amount of rice people are able to buy.
I guess a drought in Australia is causing problems with their rice crops, so the price of rice has really gone up in other parts of the world. That’s a real issue since so many people in the world depend on rice. I’ve heard “experts” suggesting that this is just the beginning, and that people need to start stockpiling food. I don’t know if stockpiling is an answer, but I do know that it strengthens my resolve to get started on our garden this weekend. Even if all of this blows over quickly, it’ll still be nice to have some home grown food to enjoy over the summer, and possibly even freeze and can for a rainy day later on.

2. Retailers in the U.S. are selling shrimp from Asia produced using forced labor and child labor.
I don’t know how surprising this is. With the global economy we now have, it’s a safe bet that the products we buy have been produced at least in part by people working in less than ideal conditions. We want cheap goods, so we tend to look the other way. It’s a really ugly Catch 22.

3. Arby’s is buying Wnedy’s for just under $2.4 million.
The parent company of Arby’s is buying Wendy’s in an all stock deal. The article I read about it had an interview with Dave Thomas’s daughter, and she said that Dave Thomas had rejected offers from this company many times. I guess Dave would not have been pleased.


1 Comment »

  1. I was just telling billy last night that Dave Thomas would be furious…but I guess he should’ve made arrangements before his death to prevent this from happening.

    Haven’t heard yet about the shrimp thing, will have to look for that.

    Kind of scary about the rice shortage, but I tend not to listen to the doomsdayers about widespread panic. At least not right away. 😉

    Comment by Elle — Friday, April 25, 2008 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

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