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Americans to eat record 1.4 billion chicken wings for Super Bowl

The chicken sandwich may have won 2019, but the chicken wing will still reign supreme over the big game in 2020. The National Chicken Council released its annual Chicken Wing Report, projecting Americans to consume a record-breaking 1.4 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl LIV weekend.

Americans’ love for wings only continues to grow. This year’s wing consumption estimate is a two percent increase over 2019, meaning Americans will eat 27 million more wings during this year’s big game weekend versus last year’s. To put that in perspective, if Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid ate three wings per minute, it would take him about 900 years to eat 1.4 billion wings.

More ways to visualize 1.4 billion chicken wings…

  • Every player in the NFL, including the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, would have to consume 825,000 wings each to reach 1.4 billion
  • 175 million pounds of wings weighs 1,500 times as much as the entire 49ers team and three of their team buses
  • 1.4 billion wings could circle the circumference of the Earth 3 times
  • 1.4 billion wings are enough to give every attendee of every Super Bowl since 1967 each 342 wings
  • 1.4 billion wings laid end to end would stretch the entire Florida coastline, home of Super Bowl LIV, more than 9 times
  • If each of the 1.4 billion wings were counted as one second, they would equal about 45 years

To get a better idea of just how much Americans love their chicken wings, NCC asked wing-eaters from around the nation to tell us a little bit more about how they “wing it.” Turns out roughly two thirds of Americans (65%) who eat chicken wings, claim they like to do so while watching a major sporting event like the Super Bowl. Half (51%) claim that they believe chicken wings should be the official food of the Super Bowl.

“Football is great. Wings are great. But they’re even better together,” said Council spokesman Tom Super. “Sure, you can have your chips, your guacamole, your pizza. But when it comes to Super Bowl menus, wings rule the roost. So grab a wet nap, dive in and help put a dent in that 1.4 billion.”

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New Journey 2050 lessons cover innovations in agriculture

The creators of the educational gaming platform Journey 2050 have added new resources covering innovations and technological advancements, service-learning opportunities, and project-based learning approaches using an agricultural context.

Journey 2050, developed by Nutrien, has added the new resources in an effort to remain current with changes in agriculture and education. The new Lesson 7 covers technological advancements made in agriculture such as use of global positioning systems, drones, temperature and moisture sensors and robots, among others.

To incorporate a service component into Journey 2050, Nutrien collaborated with the WE organization, which delivers free, service learning curriculum to over 16,000 schools and youth groups across North America, the U.K. and the Caribbean through its WE Schools program. Together, Nutrien and WE developed WE Schools: Grow Together, a new service-learning activity and educator resource that empowers young people to explore the issue of food insecurity and develop tangible service actions to tackle it locally or globally.

In addition, the revised program summary is now an activity centered around Project-Based Learning, a teaching method in which students learn by engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.

The underlying purpose of Journey 2050, is to solve the issues that arise from population increase as by the year 2050 the world’s population is expected to grow by two billion people. Food production needs are expected to rise by 60 to 70 percent, resulting in increased pressure on agricultural land, habitats and communities. The game and its related lessons focus on one profound question: How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050? As students in seventh through 12th grade explore sustainable agriculture, they make inquiry-based decisions to see the ripple effect on social, economic and environmental factors locally and globally.

“True sustainability is balancing your social, economic and environmental footprint,” explained Lindsey Verhaeghe, Sustainability Initiatives Manager for Nutrien, an agriculture input company. “Whether playing Journey 2050 guides students to a career in agriculture or not, an informed consumer is essential for the continued success of agriculture around the world.”

The game features real farm families in Africa, India, and Canada who guide students through interactive activities such as planting, cultivating and harvesting crops endemic to that particular country and developing an agriculture career avatar based on the game player’s interest and abilities.

The continuous advancement of technology and innovations in agriculture to meet the needs of the world population prompted the expansion of lessons in Journey 2050.

The use of technology in agriculture continues to provide solutions to challenges such as weather, pests, consumer demands and labor. The addition of a seventh lesson enhances the program’s relevance and provides a comprehensive overview of technologic advancement in agriculture.

Teachers are encouraged to register online to access the free games and activities. Lesson plans can be accessed here. The computer games and animated videos were designed to appeal to both technology-motivated students as well as teachers looking for direct links to science and social studies standards-based curriculum.

In some states and provinces there are guest speakers who will come into the classroom to deliver a portion of the program. Teachers can see if they have guest speakers in their areas once they are registered.

The game also can be downloaded for free online, or in the App Store, Google Play or Windows Store. To download the game from the Journey website, click here.

Classrooms that complete Journey 2050 may be eligible for a $100 donation credit they can make to pre-selected charities that contribute to sustainability, which helps students think like global citizens who give back to their communities.

Journey 2050 is cutting edge and is continually being updated to keep it relevant and engaging. It’s a collaboration between Nutrien Ltd, Alberta Canola Producers’ Commission, Agriculture in the Classroom (Canada and USA), Nutrients for Life (Canada and USA), 4-H Canada, Ag for Life, National FFA Organization and the Calgary Stampede to name a few.

To learn more about Journey 2050, please visit www.journey2050.com.

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2020 declared as the International Year of Plant Health

Plants make the oxygen we breathe and give us 80 percent of the food we eat. But plants are under attack by invasive pests. These pests destroy up to 40 percent of the world’s food crops and cause $220 billion in trade losses each year, according to the United Nations. That leaves millions of people worldwide without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture — the primary source of income for rural communities.

To bring worldwide attention to this challenge, the U.N. has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. They are calling on people, organizations, industries, scientists, and governments to work together to protect plants against the introduction and spread of invasive pests. The U.S. National Plant Protection Organization — the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Protection and Quarantine — is leading the effort in the United States.

“At USDA, we do all we can for our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers so that they can continue to feed and clothe this nation and the world,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Greg Ibach. “That’s why we’re urging everyone to take this issue seriously and to do their part. Protecting plants from pests and diseases is far more cost effective than the alternative.”

According to USDA, everyone can help avoid the devastating impact of pests and diseases on agriculture, livelihoods, and food security. You can get started today by taking a few important actions, including:

  • Look for and report unusual signs of pests or disease in trees and plants to your local Extension, State department of agriculture, or local State Office.
  • Don’t move firewood. Instead, buy heat-treated firewood or responsibly gather wood near the place it will be burned to ensure tree-killing beetles hiding inside can’t spread to new areas.
  • Always declare food, plants, or other agricultural items to U.S. Customs and Border Protection when returning from international travel so they can make sure these items are free of pests.
  • Contacting your local State Office before you buy seeds or plants online from other countries to find out if they need to be inspected and certified as pest free or meet other conditions to legally bring them into the United States.

To learn more about the International Year of Plant Health and how you can help stop destructive invasive plant pests, visit USDA’s website.

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