National / International News

America's game of chicken

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:20
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 04:06 Stacey Vanek Smith

Ariane Daguin demonstrates the proper way to carve a chicken. Daguin is the CEO of D'Artagnan, a company that supplies organic, free range chickens to grocery stores and restaurants.

Where’s the beef?

As a nation, we might really need to know that. For the first time in more than a century, Americans are eating more chicken than beef. Why is poultry taking flight?

"People are more conscious about health, and so they will eat red meat a little less often and white meat more often," says Ariane Daguin, CEO of D'Artagnan, which sells organic, free-range chicken to high end restaurants and grocery stores all over the country. Her business is growing 15 percent per year, a lot of that is thanks to rising chicken demand.

But a lot of the reason for the rising popularity of chicken has to do with beef.

"The real trade-off that we’re seeing in consumption is escalation in poultry and decline in beef," says Don Close, cattle economist with Rabo AgriFinance. Beef prices have skyrocketed and are expected to jump by as much as 15 percent this year. (Here's a look at why that's happening)

"We saw pretty heavy substitution on the part of consumers, substituting ground beef for ground chicken and thereby driving up the prices of those products," says Ricky Volpe, economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Chicken prices are expected to rise by about 10 percent this year. Even still, chicken will remain far cheaper than beef and pork. 

But even if beef prices come back down, Ariane Daguin doesn’t think Americans will go back to beef.

"It is not a trend," she says. "Trend means there is an end to it. There is no end to good food. People in America are more and more conscious that you are what you eat."

And right now, that’s chicken.


Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Stacey Vanek Smith

Ariane Daguin prepares a chicken stew dish with one of her new Green Circle chickens, which have a vegetable-heavy diet.

Stacey Vanek Smith

Americans are eating more chicken than beef for the first time in a century. 

Stacey Vanek Smith

Ariane Daguin demonstrates the proper way to carve a chicken. Daguin is the CEO of D'Artagnan, a company that supplies free range, organic chickens to restaurants and grocery stores all over the country. Daguin's business is growing 15% a year.

by Stacey Vanek SmithPodcast Title: America's Game of ChickenStory Type: FeatureSyndication: SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond: No

Chisora to face Fury in Manchester

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:17
Dereck Chisora is to face Tyson Fury in a world title eliminator on 26 July, says promoter Frank Warren.

Russia Recognizes Independent Crimea; U.S. And EU 'Stand Firm' With Ukraine

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:15

President Obama says the U.S. will not recognize Crimea's moves to split from Ukraine. In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin signs an order recognizing Crimea as an independent state.

» E-Mail This

Vodafone agrees to buy Spain's Ono

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:14
Vodafone agrees to buy Spanish cable operator Ono for 7.2bn euros ($10bn; £6bn), in a deal aimed at expanding its interests in Europe.

Michael 'off drugs for 18 months'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:07
Singer George Michael says he has stopped his drug-taking lifestyle and has not used cannabis for "well over a year-and-a-half".

Morrisons worker held over data loss

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 03:03
Morrisons confirms that one of its employees has been arrested following the theft of payroll data from the majority of its staff.

Peel to prudence: 10 historic Budgets

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:59
From income tax onwards - a selection of historic Budgets

In pictures: Mighty Deerstalker race

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:54
Mighty Deerstalker race in Scottish Borders

UK nears end of Afghanistan pullout

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:51
British troops have made another move towards their exit from Afghanistan and now control just two bases, the MoD says.

Rapper arrested over SXSW riot

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:50
Rapper Tyler, The Creator, has been arrested over claims he encouraged fans at the SXSW festival to push past venue security staff.

AUDIO: 'More stable' Europe helps manufacturing

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:39
Lee Hopley and Jonathan Portes discuss reports of recent growth in the UK manufacturing industry.

VIDEO: BBC looks inside a cockpit simulator

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:33
The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes finds out how to change a flight path in a cockpit simulator.

Met strip-searched 4,600 children

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:32
More than 4,600 children have been strip-searched by the Metropolitan Police over the last five years, according to figures.

Commonwealth baton route revealed

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:28
The route of the Scottish leg of the Queen's Baton Relay ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is revealed.

Clothing Retailer Lands End To Split From Sears

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:25

Lands End, the outdoor clothing retailer, will spin off from Sears Holdings Corp. next month and operate as a stand-alone, publicly traded company.

» E-Mail This

Man Utd 'may face 10-year title wait'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:16
Manchester United might not win the Premier League again for another decade, says former England international Danny Mills.

VIDEO: What harm does a walk outside do you?

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:14
A BBC correspondent puts himself on the frontline in an experiment to measure how much air pollution we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Thousands of NHS staff rehired

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 02:08
New figures indicate that almost 4,000 staff made redundant from the NHS in England, before last year's major restructuring, have since been re-employed.

Custody deaths probes face overhaul

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:57
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to overhaul the way it investigates deaths in police custody in England and Wales.

Postcode database sale was 'mistake'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-17 01:50
The inclusion of a valuable database of postcodes and addresses in the Royal Mail flotation is criticised by an influential group of MPs.

KBBI is Powered by Active Listeners like You

As we celebrate 35 years of brodcasting, we look ahead to technology improvements and the changing landscape of public radio.

Support the voices, music, information, and ideas that add so much to your life. Renew here or visit KBBI by April 21 to enter to win one round-trip airfare with Era between Homer and Anchorage. Thank you for supporting your local public radio station.



Drupal theme by ver.1.4