Avian Bird Flu or Summer BBQ?
The poultry business in Minnesota is nearly a billion dollar industry. The bird flu crisis is still not under control as scientists try to discover the cause and a way to control it. Strains have arrived from Europe, Asia, and North America making it even harder to pin point. Scientists are still up in the air as to how the virus is being spread, it has been found in turkeys, ducks, chickens, and even hawks. They have been dissecting birds and collecting the droppings left behind by migratory birds and duck landings. First things first, how is it getting into these poultry farms? High winds or droppings from above? In any case, there is no evidence that even if the virus is consumed by humans it will have any effect on us. It is not yet certain on the cost to consumers, personally I have not noticed much of a difference in the downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota area. Prices have always fluctuated between different parts of the chicken, “on sale, party pack pricing for wings or legs, coupons and vendor discounts . Also, since other countries have stopped importing chickens from the U.S. it may help to offset some of the demand in the U.S.