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Meat, Poultry, Fish and Eggs Prices Hit an All-Time High in May! by The Elephant's Child

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the seasonally adjusted price index for meats, poultry, fish and eggs hit an all-time high in May.  You may have noticed. The index for these 4 products has risen 7.7 percent over the last year.  These items go into the food at home category.

Each month BLS employs data collectors to visit thousands of retail stores all over the United States to collect information on the prices of thousands of items to measure changes for the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Chicken goes into the CPI, but meats, fish and eggs don’t. Beef is up because of the drought in California. Pork is up because a diarrhea disease has decimated baby pigs. I don’t know what’s up with eggs. I buy brown eggs, but haven’t been able to get any for three weeks. In the Northwest, the stores seem to believe that Northwesterners only eat salmon, which may be true. Our freeways are decorated with salmon artwork.

Here are the goods and services that go into the CPI:

  • FOOD AND BEVERAGES (breakfast cereal, milk, coffee, chicken, wine, full service meals and snacks);
  • HOUSING (rent of primary residence, owners’ equivalent rent, fuel oil, bedroom furniture);
  • APPAREL (men’s shirts and sweaters, women’s dresses, jewelry);
  • TRANSPORTATION (new vehicles, airline fares, gasoline, motor vehicle insurance);
  • MEDICAL CARE (prescription drugs and medical supplies, physicians’ services, eyeglasses and eye care, hospital services);
  • RECREATION (televisions, cable television, pets and pet products, sports equipment, admissions);
  • EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION (college tuition, postage, telephone services, computer software and accessories);
  • OTHER GOODS AND SERVICES (tobacco and smoking products, haircuts and other personal services, funeral expenses).

So you can see why the inflation rate doesn’t seem to match the outgo in your budget. College tuition must throw everything off all by itself, and have you seen the price of bacon lately?

Inflation measures all the things you don’t buy, and don’t use, and none of the things driving up  your cost of living. Bureaucrats!

 

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Pigs and chickens are both hit by “animal welfare” activists that get the producers to do stupid things like remove farrowing crates (so the sows crush or eat as many as half the piglets on average) and put chickens in “free range” areas. (So they lay less due to being randomly terrified by everything, and some are pecked to death because…well, “pecking order” isn’t just a metaphor)

Scare quotes on “animal welfare” because people anthropomorphising animals should not be dignified as “animal welfare,” especially when it results in such horrific deaths.

Comment by Foxfier

Interesting that they care so much for chicken “freedom” and so little for all the birds being chopped up and vaporized in our “renewable” energy sector.

Comment by The Elephant's Child




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