Friday Buffet

Food journalist extraordinaire Samuel Fromartz tells us that Las Vegas consumes more shrimp than the rest ofphoto by zesmerelda (via Flickr) the U.S. combined! That must be a sizable number, given Red Lobster’s inclinations.

The Vegas tally: a not-so-shrimpy 60,000 pounds per day, or the weight of about three male Asian elephants. I wonder what percent of the shrimp is actually eaten?

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Here’s a public radio piece describing what the food crisis looks like in Minnesota and South Africa. It’s part of the show’s ongoing series on the worldwide shortages, Food Fight.

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Perfect! Now there’s a double-lidded jar to get at those last few drops. In addition to being convenient, this innovation will…wait for it…avoid food waste.

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3 Comments

  1. Susan P
    Posted May 21, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I saw your article in the NYT and have enjoyed reading your posts here. I did want to comment on two aspects of this post regarding casino (Vegas) troughs and food crisises around the US.

    When I returned from living in England for 7 years last April I visited relatives in Vegas who insisted taking me and my two small toddlers to a casino buffet.

    Seeing people plates PILED and overflowing with shrimp, crablegs, clams, muscles and food in general really put a stop on my appetite. Such gluttony and obvious wastage appalled me.

    My daughter was overwhelmed with the choices and, though I tried to limit what she chose, she only managed about half of what she took. My smallest picked from my plate.

    We tried to live in Oregon but found the economy so depressed (even then) we had to leave for another state after 3 1/2 months. Even with a degree a job was not forthcoming and ended up doing volunteer work to receive state aid. We lived in a travel trailer and had to use food stamps.

    When we arrived in Indiana I was able to get a job and lived with a friend until we could afford a place of our own. However, shortly after this, we discovered that even with a decent wage we were not making it. After 2 months I was forced to stop eating so that my kids could have food. We were down to eating cereal (WIC), soup and pasta. Meat was only once or twice a week (chicken as it’s cheapest) and fresh fruit and veg when I could afford it.

    We then lost our home to a flood in March of this year and had to move in with a friend. We both make decent wages but even between the both of us we are barely keeping the household afloat. Gas prices mean my roommate spends almost $200 a week on gas – yes, per WEEK. Raising food prices to feed two toddlers and two teenagers is proving very difficult. We have cut back where we can but are hoping and praying raising prices peak and begin to drop soon. Very soon.

    There are so many places and ways to reduce what people use if they would only TRY. One step at a time reeally can make a difference.

    Thank you for letting me share our experiences and observations here.

    Best wishes,

    Susan

  2. Jonathan
    Posted May 21, 2008 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like you’re going through a real hard time, Susan. It’s encouraging that you’re able to pass along that message of ‘one step at a time.’ I’ll agree, there are many, many ways to reduce consumption and better utilize food and other resources. I hope prices drop, your income increases or both. Be well.

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