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Poultry demand takes flight as red meat prices spike

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Sounds, Visuals, Words | 0 comments

By Jacob Passy

Thanksgiving is over six months away. But that’s not stopping American consumers from breaking out the turkey – and chicken and eggs, to boot.

More people are flocking to poultry to fulfill their protein needs as the prices of beef and pork hit all-time highs. This wave of customers is adding to the high tide of demand that the poultry industry has experienced for years now.

The demand for chicken increased 8 percent year-over-year in March, according to USDA data cited by Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics and author of the Daily Livestock Report. This figure is expected to grow in April, as chicken prices continued to drop despite continued increases in beef and pork. And as Meyer sees it, we have only just seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to growing demand for poultry.

“We’re going to have very higher prices for beef and pork for the foreseeable future,” Meyer said. “With these alternatives going up I think you’re going to see chicken have more featuring and have some real opportunities in the marketplace.”

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Spike in food prices fuels otherwise flat inflation

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Visuals, Words | 0 comments

This piece was previously published on Animal Spirits. You can check it out here.

Consumer prices barely rose in the past month as plummeting energy prices offset a stark increase in the cost of food items.

The Consume Price Index (CPI) rose 0.1 percent in February according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, matching economists’ expectations of low levels of inflation. This represented a 1.1 percent increase in prices overall from last February. In January, that figure stood at 1.6 percent.

“Overall inflation still remains muted, in fact very muted,” said Russell Price, senior economist for Ameriprise Financial.

Price cited an uptick in food prices as responsible for what little inflation did occur in February. The food index increased 0.4 percent, its largest uptick since September 2011. The annual increase was less dramatic at only 1.4 percent from last year.

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For many NYC neighborhoods, green space hard to come by

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Visuals, Words | 0 comments

Plans to create a park on this lot of land in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn were approved in December 2013. Sheepshead Bay has among the least amount of park space in the city.

Plans to create a park on this lot of land in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn were approved in December 2013. Sheepshead Bay has among the least amount of park space in the city.

This piece was created for an assignment in Sandeep Junnarkar’s Fundamentals of Multimedia Storytelling (Interactive) course in Fall 2013.

When discussing New York City’s green spaces, you could bet that Bill de Blasio would say it’s a tale of two parks.

Earlier this year, Mayor-elect de Blasio announced his support of a state bill that would require park conservancies with budgets of $5 million or more to contribute 20% of their funds to other city parks. These other parks, all funded by the city’s parks department, would receive the funds through non-profit created through the bill.

The bill would likely affect five conservancies: Central Park, the High Line, Asphalt Green, Randall’s Island and Prospect Park.

Opponents say this money would seriously hinder these conservancies’ ability to provide residents with beautiful, children-friendly parks.

This proposed would force conservancies to give as much as $1 million over to these other parks, which could come to as much as $10 million each year. Some say this represents very little money when considering how cash-strapped the Parks Department already is.

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From Fires to Storms: The Vollies of Gerritsen Beach

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Visuals | 0 comments

Dave Ostrowski (l) and Aaron Hale (r) strap a neighborhood volunteer onto a stretcher during their drill, which recreated an explosion that left many people with critical leg and back injuries. “Drilling keeps you an expert in your field,” Garson said. “We have always had a standard of high quality and we have to keep that up.”Firefighters Dave Ostrowski (l) and Aaron Hale (r) strap a neighborhood volunteer onto a stretcher during a drill conducted by the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department, which recreated an explosion that left many people with critical leg and back injuries. “Drilling keeps you an expert in your field,” Department Chief Doreen Garson said. “We have always had a standard of high quality and we have to keep that up.”

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The Receipt of Happiness

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Visuals | 0 comments

Americans buy $256 billion worth of clothing each year. The Receipt of Happiness looks at the impact of consumerism on American society — from the inundation of advertisements in everyday life to the waste caused by our impulse to buy more than we need. We examine the psychological and economic issues underlying our collective shopaholic tendencies, and investigate alternatives.

 

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More than a General Interest Meeting: Sarabande Dance Troupe

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Visuals | 0 comments

From its beginnings as a group of male performers in the 1980s, Sarabande has transformed into a close-knit community of female dancers. Every semester these women dedicate hours of work to their craft, with a large performance to cap off the semester. Check out this video to get a closer look at what it takes to be a member of Tufts’ only ballet and contemporary dance group.

 

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