Headline Feb 06, 2015/ ''' YOU CHICKEN ! : THE FAVOURITE MEAT OF THE WORLD '''

''' YOU CHICKEN ! : 

MY CATALOGUE OF SINS  -just keeps growing. Mariam,  Rabo, Dee keep such a great and meticulous record, -outshining even the security agencies of the world.

'' !YOU CHICKEN! ''   -is a loaded and an armed slang. Meaning Hey, you God damned coward. Its origin is the military just and as is its practice. And in my life time, I found:

That the cowards were in great majority the world over. More on it, in the future, but for now I must protest, for the sake of the Chickens, ''That You Chicken,  is far from a fair slur !''

Pakistanis by their very instinct, are a great hosts and very hospitable people. Total strangers honour by offering a meal. And so it was with Mariam, Rabo, and Dee.

Their kind and caring parents, never allowed my visit to end, without a great, home cooked meal. With fried curried chicken ruling the roost table. But all these three girls, these three musketeers, are poor eaters.

This fact was a terrible stricture on my slow and leisurely style of eating. And one of my ' principled '  regrets. Rabo's super mother, seeing all this writ large on my face, made sure that I carry the remaining curry home.

And ignorant, as I am, just about on everything, I never realised that I was a great flag bearer for : HENMANIA      

ROASTED,  fried or served with noodles, chicken is on its way to becoming the world's favourite meat.

Diners currently chomp through different types  -some 114 million tonnes a year compared with  106 million tonnes for  poultry.

But chicken consumption is growing faster   -by 2.5% a year compared with 1.5% for other meat  -and is on track to overtake all types of meat before 2020.

And much more chicken is traded across borders: some 13.3 million tonnes a year, compared with  8.6 million tonnes of beef and 7.2 million tons of other types, according to UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Chicken is on a roll.

The growing taste for fowl is a result of increasing prosperity in emerging markets, meaning that people can afford to put more meat on the table. Chicken tops the pecking order as the most affordable.

It takes far less feed to produce a kilo of chicken than the equivalent amount of beef or any other meat. And religious strictures that bar beef and other types of meat from cooking pots around the world, do not apply for poultry.

The taste for chicken will boost the production to  128 million tonnes a year by 2020, according to  Rabobank, a Dutch bank. The proportion hitting global markets will grow too:

From around  14% to  17%  of total output. The main impediments to faster cross-border growth are consumer preferences for fresh chicken and government policies to protect domestic agriculture.

But rising food prices should stoke the appetite for cheaper, imported meat.

The business of raising chicken is generally concentrated in countries where grain is plentiful. Canny chicken farmers have also focused on places like Brazil where poor infrastructure:

Makes it harder it harder for grain produces to get their goods to the market and to fetch global prices.

That suppresses feed prices, which make up  50 - 70%  of total costs.

Production costs in America and Brazil, the world's largest producers, which between them provide two-thirds of chicken exports, are  30%  below those in Europe and China, according to Nan Dirk Mulder of Rabobank.

Trading chicken is far more complicated than merely plucking, freezing and dispatching the birds. Chicken don't get sold whole; exporters have to optimise the  ''break-up value''  of their fowl.   

The Western palate much prefers white breast meat. Asian consumers prize the more flavour brown meat from the thigh and leg. 

White meat may fetch four times more than brown in the West but costs much the same in China. Europe, a net exporter of chicken, sends legs and feet to Asia but imports white meat.

Wings, irritatingly limited by the evolution to two per bird, are in short supply world wide and prices are high.

McDonald's is rumoured to have been stockpiling them in preparation for the roll-out and growth of its  ''Mighty Wings'' range in America. But the dynamics of the global market is good news for the rich-world consumers.

The growth in Asian demand for chicken should mean a glut of white meat and lower prices in years to come.

Chicken is set to rule the roost in the global meat market. 

Enjoy Yourselves, and you : Haleema, Paras, Sorat, Saima, Ali, Hussain, Ehsan, Order some ''Chicken Biryani''  and if possible, leave some for me.

With respectful and loving dedication to all the Parents of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:
''' Panoramic Paranoia  '''

'''Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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