Posts filed under “Food and Drink”

How U.S. Income Groups Get Squeezed By Food Prices

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Take a look at the chart above constructed from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2009 Consumer Expenditure Survey. It conveys a sense of how Egypt’s poverty combined with the sharp rise in food prices sparked the political revolt against the Mubarek government.

The chart illustrates how the lower income groups in the U.S. really get squeezed when food and gas prices rise. In the U.S. the average annual income for the consumer units (households) measured is $62,857, where food expenditures consume a little over 10 percent of income.

But averages distort the true picture of what is really going on as only 15 percent of consumer units fit into this income group. Many have drowned in pools of water where the average depth is only 11 inches deep. Almost one third of the households in the U.S. spend close to or more than 20 percent of their annual income on food.

Remember this the next time the market cheerleaders and policymakers tout core CPI and dismiss food and energy inflation. It may also help explain the rise in social angst in U.S. society.

Category: Commodities, Food and Drink, Inflation

Let the Ritualized Turkey Massacre Begin!

In the US, we eat almost 300 million turkeys per year. About a third of them are consumed in the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let the slaughter begin! hat tip Flowing Data > See also: • The Genetics of White Meat and Dark Meat from Scientific American (Thanks, Erin Biba!) • Tyrannosaurus Rex Had…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Food and Drink

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Relevant to our soda post (“Pseudo-variety”: Soft Drink Industry Structure) JWagner points us to this video from Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology.

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Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine]

Category: Food and Drink, Video

Capresso 455

Way back in April 2004, I discussed why most people make bad coffee (Your Coffee Sucks!). In 2006, I got a Capresso 455 grinder/brewer/thermos for a B-Day (it was $300). Since then, its dropped to about $200 (Amazon), but I noticed in today’s NYT that you can pick one up for $119 (refurbished) at J&R….Read More

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend

Food Poisoning . . .

Well, THAT was no fun. I seemed to have eaten something yesterday — breakfast and lunch from the same deli — that caused quite a bit of intestinal distress. I thought I might actually go to the hospital last night to check for Appendicitis. Flushed out my system with lots of liquids instead. Will return…Read More

Category: Food and Drink

New SuperDawg Opening

Superdawg has been a Chicago institution for more than half a century. Its owned by friends of our family in Chicago  (Congrats on opening your second shop!) Here are the photos of the opening, and of Maurie and Flo getting installed on the shops roof: My inlaws can be seen in picture 3 here >…Read More

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend

The Conception of Wine

The Conception of Wine – Infographic from Tiago Cabaco on Vimeo.

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend

The Coke Bottle Redesigned

A design student’s eco-friendly and edgy reworking of the Coke bottle. This is only the first quarter of it — the full piece was 3 megs — too big to post here. > Click for full graphic Hat tip GMSV

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend

Dominant US Burger Chains

From Weather Sealed, we get this terrific map of the 8 largest American burger chains: > click for ginormous map > Hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Data Analysis, Food and Drink

Engineer’s Guide to Drinks

Start marinating those ice cubes — the weekend is here: > click for bigger graphic Hat tip: Flowing Data

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend