- On ice: Congress puts sales and import of GMO salmon on hold while the FDA sorts out labeling questions. Read more here.
- Scab season: Crop scientists warn NC farmers about the threat of wheat blight this spring. Read more here.
- No more exposés: The New York Times’ editorial board weighs in on NC’s ag-gag law. (Hint: they don’t like it.) Read more here.
- Beware of Bisphenols: The Washington Post reports on new evidence that BPA-free plastics still pose health risks. Read more here.
- Hearts and hands: Documentary photographer Houck Medford captures the spirit of the organic food movement with portraits of farmers and their hands. See more here.
Food of the week: wings
Chicken wings, specifically. On the weekend of Super Bowl 50, the National Chicken Council estimates Americans will eat 1.3 billion chicken wings, up three percent, or 37.5 million wings, from last year’s total. That’s enough for every man, woman and child in the United States to have four wings apiece.
“Any way you measure it, that’s a lot of freaking wings,” noted Tom Super, senior vice president of communications at the National Chicken Council.
The National Chicken Council goes so far as to predict the winner of the Super Bowl based on wing consumption:
Overall, during the 2016 NFL playoffs, in cities where chicken wings sold higher than their opponent, the city with higher wing sales won 7 of the 10 playoff games, and 4 of the 5 past Super Bowl games. If the same holds true for Super Bowl 50, the Panthers will roll over the Broncos – selling wings at nearly a 3 to 1 pace.
According to market research firm IRI Freshlook, in Charlotte (Panthers), $1,400 of chicken wings are sold for every million dollars of grocery sales. That compares to Denver (Broncos) who sells only $480 dollars per million dollars of grocery sales. (Essentially for every million dollars that goes through the register at grocery, how much of that is chicken wings.)
Vox offers an explainer on how Americans fell in love with the lowly wing, elevating it to one of the most popular snack foods in the nation. Read more here.