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The Latest Items on Everyone’s Panic-Shopping List Are Chicks and Seeds

Plus, the sourdough wars are beginning, and more news to start your day

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Everyone is cottagecore now

Suppliers of chicken hatchlings and vegetable seeds are being overwhelmed with orders from those newly homebound because of COVID-19 quarantines and shelter-in-place orders. NPR reports that hatcheries have been getting a wave of new customers who want to grow chickens for eggs in their backyards, and can barely keep up. Nancy Smith, owner of the Cackle Hatchery in Missouri, says, “We’ve never seen anything like this and I’ve been here since 1964.”

Online seed stores have also experienced a massive increase in orders, says Modern Farmer, leading some retailers to to shut down due to lack of supply. Seed companies say the demand is twofold: anxiety over food supply, and the boredom of being at home all the time. Which raises the point that there isn’t actually a food shortage—just a massive imbalance in where food is being allocated. Farmers are dumping a glut of milk down the drain, and vegetables are left to rot in fields without orders from restaurants and industrial kitchens. Meanwhile, food banks are having a hard time keeping up with demand.

And in other news...

  • Grocery orders through Amazon are up about 50%, but employees say Amazon continues to ignore their health and wellbeing. [NY Times]
  • Fergie went to Taco Bell. [Daily Mail]
  • The USDA gave a poultry plant permission to speed up processing, sparking concerns about food and worker safety. [The Counter]
  • Please do not cough on produce at the grocery store, we live in a society. [KIRO7]
  • Two kids in Utah were reportedly hospitalized after eating THC gummy candies they got from a food bank. [Kake ABC]
  • You know what’s fun to complain about during these trying times? Fondant. [Vice]
  • Everyone’s making sourdough, which lead to the sourdough backlash, which inspired a backlash to the backlash. Anyway you have to choose a side now:

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