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May 6, 2014

VILLAGE IDIOT: So, did the egg really come first?

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Am I worried about my cholesterol by eating so many eggs? Compared to what? Bacon? Sausage? Nachos? Cream cheese? Hot dogs? Hamburgers? Pizza? I think the “egg vs. cholesterol” controversy ship sailed a long time ago. Besides, if you want to sell something, the best way to get people to buy it is to tell people it’s bad for them. Read a grocery store flyer and tell me which items are on sale — the “healthy” items or the “unhealthy” ones.

But a more interesting question is, why are so many people raising chickens? Is it about money or a lifestyle or both?

I see everything at the grocery store getting more expensive — I recently paid $1.69 for one good-sized apple and $3.85 for a gallon of gas. But according to the latest government report, our core inflation rate is not rising. Of course, as they have for many years, they don’t count food and gas, the two main things that are rising. Well, why stop there? If they’re not going to count food and gas, they may as well not count rent, tuition, doctor’s bills, cable TV, utilities and clothes. Inflation could be totally eliminated.

So, if you don’t buy anything, the price of nothing has not gone up. Which is good news. No wonder consumer confidence is up — consumers are confident the price of everything they buy is rising. Which is why they are buying chickens.

Or is the chicken trend so big because we long for days gone by, when life was simpler, when people were more connected to the land, when neighbors did things for each other? If you want that good old-fashioned connection, there’s an app for that. All you have to do is download Poultry Pal from an app store near you. And there’s always an app store near you if you have a smartphone.

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