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Super Bowl XLVII: The coming chicken wing crisis

posted at 11:52 am on January 25, 2013 by

Do you love juicy, spicy, All-American chicken wings with your football? Do you entertain guests with offerings of both buffalo sauced and sweet barbeque dunked wings? What about on the biggest football day of the year known as the Super Bowl? There is a chicken wing shortage just ahead of the big game…panic?

Due to the high cost of corn and feed prices, chicken companies produced 1 percent fewer birds than last year, meaning we have a chicken wing shortage on our hands this year. Huffington Post reported that the supermarket cost of a pound of chicken rose in cost by over $1.97 from last year’s price. So that chicken you bought last year at $0.55/per pound is now going to cost you a whopping $2.52/per pound.

“Chicken companies produced about 1 percent fewer birds last year, due in large part to record high corn and feed prices,” Said Bill Roenigk, chief economist and market analyst at the Washington, D.C.-based National Chicken Council.  “Corn makes up more than two-thirds of chicken feed and corn prices hit an all-time high in 2012, due to two reasons:  last summer’s drought and pressure from a federal government requirement that mandates 40 percent of our corn crop be turned into fuel in the form of ethanol.  Simply put, less corn equals higher feed costs, which means fewer birds produced.”

Experts say no matter where you get your chicken, there is still a shortage, which means if you head out last-minute to get your wings, you may be stuck wing-less.

No chicken wings for the Super Bowl? Come on! I’m blaming this all on ethanol production. I’m sure Erika Johnson would agree.

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“Corn makes up more than two-thirds of chicken feed and corn prices hit an all-time high in 2012, due to two reasons: last summer’s drought and pressure from a federal government requirement that mandates 40 percent of our corn crop be turned into fuel in the form of ethanol. Simply put, less corn equals higher feed costs, which means fewer birds produced.”

Who the he11 even buys ethanol for their car?

Bitter Clinger on January 25, 2013 at 12:03 PM

So let’s burn and waste 40% of the corn we produce, by decree of the morons in Washington.

Makes sense! FORWARD!

Good Lt on January 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

crows are plentiful and with enough sauce aren’t that bad…spotted owls and bald eagles are better though.

teejk on January 25, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Maybe Michelle Obama ate them all.

Chicken Bucket Go Boom.

sentinelrules on January 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Ah yes, artificially created food shortages… I didn’t think we were yet at this stage in the dictatorship, but it’s not like these things need to go in a set order.

Gingotts on January 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

How stupid is it to use our food for this crapola?

jclittlep on January 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

No chicken wings for the Super Bowl? Come on!

There’s always pizza for the big game.

Unless there’s a coming cheese shortage due to too much cow’s milk being diverted to be used as a biofuel.

Bitter Clinger on January 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Wings are overrated.

Nick_Angel on January 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Squirrel tastes fine if ya cook it right.

CorporatePiggy on January 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Fried and especially sauced wings are messy… And football is boring. But, this issue about corn and feed doesn’t only affects chicken meat I’m sure.

Logus on January 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

And somewhat off topic, but it’s going to look a little weird when we get to “Super Bowl L” in 2016.

Nick_Angel on January 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

And somewhat off topic, but it’s going to look a little weird when we get to “Super Bowl L” in 2016.

Nick_Angel on January 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Since there’s already been a SB XL, it’ll be a downsizing. All the football players will have dropped a size as per NFL and Obamacare mandates…
/s

Logus on January 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Since there’s already been a SB XL, it’ll be a downsizing. All the football players will have dropped a size as per NFL and Obamacare mandates…
/s

Logus on January 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Yet none of us will live to see them succeed in achieving Super Bowl M. But at least they’ll still have their toned arms.

Gingotts on January 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

And, China has too many chicken breasts…

“In China, consumers prefer to eat dark meat chicken and other cuts, so white meat chicken breasts are available for making quality dog treats.”

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

And somewhat off topic, but it’s going to look a little weird when we get to “Super Bowl L” in 2016.

Nick_Angel on January 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Since there’s already been a SB XL, it’ll be a downsizing. All the football players will have dropped a size as per NFL and Obamacare mandates…
/s

Logus on January 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

And another 950 years after that will come another downsizing: Super Bowl M

Bitter Clinger on January 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

For me, chicken wings are effectively junk food. Fun to eat but little nutritional or energy value.

Of course, Super Bowls are days to celebrate enjoying as many different kinds of junk food as we can!

But the greater point is so true: we have more starving children, partially because of stupid discretionary laws.

22044 on January 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Hilldog’s thighs might produce enough to last through the first three quarters of the game, but who likes dark meat chicken?

ahlaphus on January 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

…but who likes dark meat chicken?

ahlaphus on January 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Um, the Chinese. See post above.

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Ooops, sorry. Eric Idle… I like Chinese, they’re cute and they’re cuddly and they’re ready to please…

ahlaphus on January 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

For me, chicken wings are effectively junk food. Fun to eat but little nutritional or energy value.

22044 on January 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I think the wing is the worst part of the chicken you can eat. Decades ago I cut meat in my Dad’s store…we basically gave the wings away for nothing (hence the trend…that bar in Buffalo came up with a great idea using parts that cost them nothing). So now the wings are the most prized part of the bird. In the US we still use the white meat but grind the dark meat to mix with our hotdogs. Interesting that the Chinese like the dark meat and toss the white meat…

teejk on January 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM