Jan 23, 2013, 1:16 PM EST
It may surprise you to know that Americans consumed 25 billion chicken wings in 2012 — 1.25 billion of those during the Super Bowl (unfinished Chris Christie joke here). But there is panic in the halls of the National Chicken Council, which is predicting that this year’s Super Bowl total will be only 1.23 billion wings, or 12.3 million less. Yes, a chicken wing shortage has gripped the nation, and global warming and the federal government are to blame.
“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 National Chicken Council, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group. “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.”
So enjoy your new biofuel car, but be aware that it has cost you dearly in the Super Bowl snacking department.
This also may give PETA the foothold its been looking for in its long campaign against Super Bowl chicken wings. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals last year erected a billboard near Met Life Stadium reminding people that 600 million chickens were to be slaughtered for Super Bowl consumption. Vegetarian options here.
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