Styxhexenhammer666: The Sad Antifa Garden of Seattle, Analyzed (“This is an example of why communists often starve, because apparently none of them know how to grow food”)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Y__lVMEMk

June 12, 2020. Tags: , , , . Antifa, Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, Communism, Food. Leave a comment.

YouTuber AwakenWithJP: Cooking When You’re Quarantined – Cooking with a Narcissist Ep. 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du9SrNvg52Y

April 13, 2020. Tags: , , , . COVID-19, Food, Humor. Leave a comment.

Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/business/coronavirus-destroying-food.html

Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic

With restaurants, hotels and schools closed, many of the nation’s largest farms are destroying millions of pounds of fresh goods that they can no longer sell.

April 11, 2020

In Wisconsin and Ohio, farmers are dumping thousands of gallons of fresh milk into lagoons and manure pits. An Idaho farmer has dug huge ditches to bury 1 million pounds of onions. And in South Florida, a region that supplies much of the Eastern half of the United States with produce, tractors are crisscrossing bean and cabbage fields, plowing perfectly ripe vegetables back into the soil.

After weeks of concern about shortages in grocery stores and mad scrambles to find the last box of pasta or toilet paper roll, many of the nation’s largest farms are struggling with another ghastly effect of the pandemic. They are being forced to destroy tens of millions of pounds of fresh food that they can no longer sell.

The closing of restaurants, hotels and schools has left some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops. And even as retailers see spikes in food sales to Americans who are now eating nearly every meal at home, the increases are not enough to absorb all of the perishable food that was planted weeks ago and intended for schools and businesses.

The amount of waste is staggering. The nation’s largest dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, estimates that farmers are dumping as many as 3.7 million gallons of milk each day. A single chicken processor is smashing 750,000 unhatched eggs every week.

Many farmers say they have donated part of the surplus to food banks and Meals on Wheels programs, which have been overwhelmed with demand. But there is only so much perishable food that charities with limited numbers of refrigerators and volunteers can absorb.

And the costs of harvesting, processing and then transporting produce and milk to food banks or other areas of need would put further financial strain on farms that have seen half their paying customers disappear. Exporting much of the excess food is not feasible either, farmers say, because many international customers are also struggling through the pandemic and recent currency fluctuations make exports unprofitable.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Paul Allen, co-owner of R.C. Hatton, who has had to destroy millions of pounds of beans and cabbage at his farms in South Florida and Georgia.

The widespread destruction of fresh food — at a time when many Americans are hurting financially and millions are suddenly out of work — is an especially dystopian turn of events, even by the standards of a global pandemic. It reflects the profound economic uncertainty wrought by the virus and how difficult it has been for huge sectors of the economy, like agriculture, to adjust to such a sudden change in how they must operate.

Even as Mr. Allen and other farmers have been plowing fresh vegetables into the soil, they have had to plant the same crop again, hoping the economy will have restarted by the time the next batch of vegetables is ready to harvest. But if the food service industry remains closed, then those crops, too, may have to be destroyed.

Farmers are also learning in real time about the nation’s consumption habits.

The quarantines have shown just how many more vegetables Americans eat when meals are prepared for them in restaurants than when they have to cook for themselves.

“People don’t make onion rings at home,” said Shay Myers, a third-generation onion farmer whose fields straddle the border of Oregon and Idaho.

Mr. Myers said there were no good solutions to the fresh food glut. After his largest customer — the restaurant industry — shut down in California and New York, his farm started redistributing onions from 50-pound sacks into smaller bags that could be sold in grocery stores. He also started freezing some onions, but he has limited cold-storage capacity.

With few other options, Mr. Myers has begun burying tens of thousands of pounds of onions and leaving them to decompose in trenches.

“There is no way to redistribute the quantities that we are talking about,” he said.

Over the decades, the nation’s food banks have tried to shift from offering mostly processed meals to serving fresh produce, as well. But the pandemic has caused a shortage of volunteers, making it more difficult to serve fruits and vegetables, which are time-consuming and expensive to transport.

“To purchase from a whole new set of farmers and suppliers — it takes time, it takes knowledge, you have to find the people, develop the contracts,” said Janet Poppendieck, an expert on poverty and food assistance.

The waste has become especially severe in the dairy industry, where cows need to be milked multiple times a day, regardless of whether there are buyers.

Major consumers of dairy, like public schools and coffee shops, have all but vanished, leaving milk processing plants with fewer customers at a time of year when cows produce milk at their fastest rate. About 5 percent of the country’s milk supply is currently being dumped and that amount is expected to double if the closings are extended over the next few months, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.

Before the pandemic, the Dairymens processing plant in Cleveland would produce three loads of milk, or around 13,500 gallons, for Starbucks every day. Now the Starbucks order is down to one load every three days.

For a while after the pandemic took hold, the plant collected twice as much milk from farmers as it could process, keeping the excess supply in refrigerated trailers, said Brian Funk, who works for Dairymens as a liaison to farmers.

But eventually the plant ran out of storage. One night last week, Mr. Funk worked until 11 p.m., fighting back tears as he called farmers who supply the plant to explain the predicament.

“We’re not going to pick your milk up tomorrow,” he told them. “We don’t have any place to put it.”

One of the farms that got the call was the Hartschuh Dairy Farm, which has nearly 200 cows on a plot of land in northern Ohio.

A week ago, Rose Hartschuh, who runs the farm with her family, watched her father-in-law flush 31,000 pounds of milk into a lagoon. It took more than an hour for the milk to flow out of its refrigerated tank and down the drain pipe.

For years, dairy farmers have struggled with low prices and bankruptcies. “This is one more blow below the belt,” Ms. Hartschuh said.

To prevent further dumping, farming groups are trying everything to find places to send the excess milk — even lobbying pizza chains to increase the amount of cheese on every slice.

But there are logistical obstacles that prevent dairy products from being shifted neatly from food service customers to retailers.

At many dairy processors, for example, the machinery is designed to package shredded cheese in large bags for restaurants or place milk in small cartons for schools, rather than arrange the products in retail-friendly containers.

To repurpose those plants to put cheese in the 8 oz. bags that sell in grocery stores or bottle milk in gallon jugs would require millions of dollars in investment. For now, some processors have concluded that spending the money isn’t worth it.

“It isn’t like restaurant demand has disappeared forever,” said Matt Gould, a dairy industry analyst. “Even if it were possible to re-format to make it an 8-ounce package rather than a 20-pound bag, the dollars and cents may not pan out.”

Those same logistical challenges are bedeviling poultry plants that were set up to distribute chicken to restaurants rather than stores. Each week, the chicken processor Sanderson Farms destroys 750,000 unhatched eggs, or 5.5 percent of its total production, sending them to a rendering plant to be turned into pet food.

Last week, the chief executive of Sanderson Farms, Joe Sanderson, told analysts that company officials had even considered euthanizing chickens to avoid selling them at unprofitable rates, though the company ultimately did not take that step.

In recent days, Sanderson Farms has donated some of its chicken to food banks and organizations that cook meals for emergency medical workers. But hatching hundreds of thousands of eggs for the purpose of charity is not a viable option, said Mike Cockrell, the company’s chief financial officer.

“We’re set up to sell that chicken,” Mr. Cockrell said. “That would be an expensive proposition.”

April 12, 2020. Tags: , , , . COVID-19, Food, Health care. Leave a comment.

Brach’s new “Heart 2 Heart” candy is horrible!

Below are two images. Although they look very similar, they are for two completely different products.

The first image is the regular kind of Brach’s tiny conversation hearts Valentine’s Day candy. I really like these a lot, and have been enjoying them for years.

The second image is Brach’s new “Heart 2 Heart” tiny conversation hearts. These are horrible. The have close to zero flavor. It’s not that they taste bad – it’s that they barely have any taste, period.

I bought the bad kind because I didn’t know how horrible they were.  I mistakenly thought the only difference was that there was a message on both sides instead of just one side. I won’t make that mistake again.

I have since cleansed by palette with the good kind.

(Images from here and here.)

 

January 15, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Food, Holidays. Leave a comment.

This is why you should always have lots of vegetables on your burgers, pizzas, and hoagies

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/03/health/poor-diet-blindness-scli-intl/index.html

Teenage boy goes blind after existing on Pringles, white bread and french fries

September 3, 2019

Eating a diet of french fries, Pringles and white bread was enough to make one teenage boy lose his sight, according to a case study published in a medical journal.

Scientists from the University of Bristol examined the case of a young patient whose extremely picky eating led to blindness, and have warned of the dangers of a poor diet.

The unidentified patient told doctors he had only eaten fries from the fish and chip shop, Pringles potato chips, white bread, slices of processed ham and sausage since elementary school, and he avoided foods with certain textures. He first visited a doctor at age 14, complaining of tiredness, according to a case report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday.

He wasn’t taking any medication, had a normal BMI and height, and showed no visible signs of malnutrition.

Doctors discovered low vitamin B12 levels and anemia, treating the patient with vitamin B12 injections and offering dietary advice.

One year later there were signs of hearing loss and vision symptoms, but doctors did not find the cause.

His vision had worsened to the point of blindness by 17 years of age, and doctors identified vitamin B12 deficiency, low copper and selenium levels, a high zinc level, reduced vitamin D level and bone level density, according to a statement from the University of Bristol.

By this stage, vision damage was permanent.

Researchers from Bristol Medical School and the Bristol Eye Hospital examined the case and concluded that the patient suffered nutritional optic neuropathy, a dysfunction of the optic nerve.

In developed countries it is mostly caused by bowel problems or medication that interferes with the absorption of nutrients, and it is rarely caused entirely by poor diet because food is readily available.

In some places, malnutrition caused by poverty, war and drought is linked to higher rates of nutritional optic neuropathy, according to a statement.

The condition is reversible if treated early but can lead to blindness if no action is taken.

“Our vision has such an impact on quality of life, education, employment, social interactions, and mental health,” said study lead author Denize Atan, an ophthalmologist at Bristol Medical School and Bristol Eye Hospital.

“This case highlights the impact of diet on visual and physical health, and the fact that calorie intake and BMI are not reliable indicators of nutritional status.”

The researchers say that poor diet and reduced intake of minerals caused vision loss in this case, and warn that nutritional optic neuropathy could become more common due to the consumption of junk food.

They also warned vegans to make sure to supplement for vitamin B12 to avoid deficiency.

To prevent similar cases, doctors should ask patients about their dietary history as part of routine clinical examinations, the researchers urged.

Extreme example

Tom Sanders, a professor of nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London, was critical of the case report, saying it relied on the patient’s own recall of his eating habits and did not take into account other possible explanations for the condition, including genetic defects or environmental exposures.

“Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause optic neuropathy but it is very unusual to find dietary deficiency when animal products are consumed e.g. ham and sausages which are significant sources of the vitamin B12,” he told the Science Media Centre in London.

Gary Frost, a professor of nutrition and dietetics at Imperial College London, who was not involved in the research, told CNN it is incredibly rare for someone in the UK to have a diet so limited it results in micronutrient deficiencies.

“Although it is an extreme example, it highlights the importance of having a wide and varied diet to ensure that you get the profile of nutrients and micronutrients that are needed for healthy development,” said Frost.

These deficiencies become more likely the more limited the choice of food, he added.

“Fussy eating is very common in young children and in extreme cases can lead to very limited choice of food,” said Frost.

“There is a need to pick up on eating problems such as these as early as possible so the issue around limited textures and tastes can be addressed.”

September 18, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Food. Leave a comment.

Rebecca Watson: The CDC can take my cookie dough out of my cold, dead, E. coli-infested hands

This is one of the reasons why Rebecca Watson is one of my favorite liberals. She uses statistics to explain why you can ignore the government’s warning against eating raw cookie dough:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8meTpecIt0M

December 17, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Food, Math. Leave a comment.

Name Brand vs. Generic Cereal Taste Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF-OED4S9YA

December 10, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Food. Leave a comment.

The Maduro diet: How most Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016, plus another 24 pounds in 2017

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March 10, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Food, Military, Police state, Politics, Social justice warriors, Venezuela, War against achievement. 2 comments.

Here’s how most Venezuelans lost an average of 43 pounds in two years

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February 23, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Food, Military, Police state, Politics, Social justice warriors, Venezuela, War against achievement. Leave a comment.

Pictures show empty shelves at Whole Foods stores across the country, thanks to their new policy

Whole Foods used to keep a large amount of extra stock in back rooms and freezers so it could restock its shelves as soon as merchandise was sold (which pretty much all supermarkets do). However, the chain has recently gotten rid of that policy, and replaced it with a new policy that transfers items directly from delivery trucks to store shelves. This is causing many store shelves to be empty.

This new policy was started prior to the chain’s recent purchase by amazon.

Whole Foods says it adopted this new policy in order to save money.

The fact that it is causing many customers to abandon the chain and switch to a different one does not, for whatever weird reason, seem to be of concern to the chain’s high level executives. Apparently, their only concern is saving money.

Here are some pictures from Whole Foods stores across the country:


A Whole Foods store in Houston.


A Whole Foods store in West Hartford, Connecticut.


A Whole Foods store in Boston.


A Whole Foods store in New York City.


A Whole Foods store in Boston.


A Chicago Whole Foods store.


A Whole Foods store in West Hartford, Connecticut.


A Whole Foods store in San Francisco.

January 19, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Food. 3 comments.

Edy’s/Dreyer’s frozen custard was awesome during its brief existence

Edy’s (or Dreyer’s, depending on where you live) started selling a line of frozen custard in supermarkets about two and a half years ago.

It may have been the best supermarket ice cream I’ve ever had.

But recently, it’s no longer available at Giant Eagle (Pittsburgh supermarket chain where I shop) or at Target (which used to have it too). A google search shows that Wal-Mart is always out of stock.

I guess they stopped making it.

Which is a shame.

My guess is that some people who had never actually tried it were turned off by the fact that it cost so much more than the brand’s regular line of ice cream. But that cheaper ice cream is all puffed up full of air, which is why it was so cheap, and why I don’t particularly like it.

November 2, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Food. Leave a comment.

Wouldn’t this “toxic” Mountain Dew syrup have eventually ended up in the public sewers anyway?

I just found out that last month in Howell, Michigan, at a Pepsi bottling plant, 7,200 gallons of concentrated Mountain Dew syrup was spilled. The relevant people successfully prevented this “toxic” substance from entering the public sewer system.

But let’s say that the spill had not occurred, and the “toxic” syrup had been used for its intended purpose.

Then wouldn’t this “toxic” syrup have eventually ended up in the public sewer system anyway?

 

April 10, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism, Food. 1 comment.

Here’s how most Venezuelans lost an average of 19 pounds in 2016, and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2017

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February 21, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Food, Military, Police state, Politics, Social justice warriors, Venezuela, War against achievement. 4 comments.

YouTube’s Laina bakes cookies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yij8IPxYUjE

January 25, 2017. Tags: , , , . Food. Leave a comment.

YouTuber Laina bakes biscuits from scratch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7ZNMN5WgN8

September 6, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Food. Leave a comment.

Kellogg’s says cereal was peed on, sold, and probably eaten

This happened two years ago, but apparently Kellogg’s just found out about it. I’m certain the company would never knowingly allow peed on cereal to be sold. I hope the person who did this gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I do not hold this against Kellogg’s.
http://metro.co.uk/2016/03/13/kelloggs-admits-worker-peed-on-cereal-conveyor-belt-5748875

Kellogg’s admits worker peed on cereal conveyor belt

March 13, 2016

Kellogg’s has confirmed that it’s investigating a worker who urinated on a conveyor belt at one of its factories.

The video is believed to have been shot in 2014 and affected Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Treats cereal and puffed rice cake products.

Kellogg’s confirmed that the food that had been affected was past its expiration date meaning that it’s likely people have eaten the contaminated products.

The video emerged yesterday on World Star Hip Hop and now Kellogg’s has responded.

An official representative wrote on the company’s blog: ‘Kellogg takes this situation very seriously and we were shocked and deeply disappointed by this video that we learned of. We immediately alerted law enforcement authorities and regulators.

‘A criminal investigation is underway as well as a thorough internal investigation.

‘Our investigation revealed that the video was recorded at our Memphis, TN facility, in 2014. Products that could have been potentially affected were Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Treats cereal and puffed rice cake products, all of which would be past expiration date.

‘Food quality is of the utmost importance to Kellogg Company. We are outraged by this completely unacceptable situation, and we will work closely with authorities to prosecute to the full extent of the law.’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU3gg7QZ_ac

March 15, 2016. Tags: , , . Food. Leave a comment.

TruMoo Orange Scream Milk

I agree with the woman in this video. I tried this stuff and it’s great.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh2jteYiwGw

 

October 23, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Food, Holidays. Leave a comment.

Hilarious new ad for Mentos is done in Monty Python-style!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boWPgICPLQo

 

April 13, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Food, Humor, Movies, Television. Leave a comment.

Steak eating contest – man vs dog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzZDa5c1Otg

 

April 8, 2015. Tags: , , , , , . Animals, Food, Humor. Leave a comment.

RAINBOW CheckerBoard Cake – How to Make a Surprise Inside Rainbow Cube Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpNnCB4Mvk4

 

March 21, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Food, Math. 2 comments.

Venezuelan military tells supermarket customers not to take pictures of empty shelves

The Venezuelan military has troops stationed in supermarkets, and they are telling customers not to take pictures of empty shelves. But that hasn’t stopped people from doing it. During the first week of 2015, the Twitter hashtag #AnaquelesVaciosEnVenezuela (“Empty shelves in Venezuela”) listed more than 200,000 tweets.

For example: (posted here under fair use from https://twitter.com/Indiferencia/status/551547489565016064/photo/1 )

empty shelves

From a different website, here’s a picture of people waiting in line to buy food: (posted here under fair use from http://www.businessinsider.com/long-food-lines-are-in-venezuela-2014-2 )

food line


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January 10, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Food, Military, Police state, Political correctness, Politics, Venezuela. 3 comments.

Good Mythical Morning! May I have the pleasure of introducing you to my favorite YouTube channel?

These two guys have been best friends since first grade. They both have engineering degrees, but both quit that field to work full time on their videos. They grew up in North Carolina, but recently moved to Los Angeles. Every weekday at 6 A.M. they put up a new 12 minute video – and they have hundreds of them going back a few years.

https://www.youtube.com/user/rhettandlink2/videos?flow=grid&view=0

 

August 15, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , . Animals, Food, Humor, Science, Television. Leave a comment.

Poll: Do you agree or disagree with McDonald’s claim that its own food is an “unhealthy choice”?

CNN reports:

It seems that McDonald’s has finally realized how tone-deaf its internal employee resource website was. It has shut it down.

The final straw? A tip on the site to employees to avoid McDonald’s fare.

A graphic on the site shows a meal with a cheeseburger, fries and drink under the caption “Unhealthy choice.” Next to it is a picture of a sub, a salad and water under the caption “Healthier choice.”

December 26, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Food, Polls. Leave a comment.

Why do people use the word “salad” when what they really mean is “mayonnaise”?

This is from the season 4 episode of “Roseanne” called “Stressed to Kill.” The relevant part starts at 14:28.

Roaseanne: “Can I help you?”

Customer:  “Which is better – the tuna salad or the egg salad?”

Roaseanne: “Tuna salad, egg salad, chicken salad, turkey salad, shrimp salad – what difference does it make? It’s all just different words for mayonnaise.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRCqJi3mIR8

August 17, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Food, Humor, Television. Leave a comment.

Serial liar Barack Obama tells cereal maker General Mills to stop advertising the truth about Cheerios

Barack Obama is a serial liar, which I have shown in  Here are 226 examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

But when a cereal maker tells the truth, Obama tells it to stop telling the truth.

For quite some time, advertisements for the breakfast cereal Cheerios made the true and accurate claim that eating Cheerios lowers a person’s cholesterol.

However, even though this claim is true and accurate, the Obama administration ordered General Mills, the maker of Cheerios, to stop making this claim in its commercials.

August 4, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Food, Health care, Police state, Science. Leave a comment.

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