A Super Bowl without chicken wings? That’s like having peanut butter without jelly…an amusement park without rollercoasters…a car without a radio! Regardless of how unimaginable a chicken wing-less Super Bowl Sunday may be, the possibility of this happening in the near future is becoming more realistic everyday.
You may be wondering why I’d be paying attention to the possibility of a chicken wing shortage; and of course I have an answer for you. Chicken production was down one percent this year, a decrease caused by corn and feed prices rising to an all time high, due in part to the ongoing drought since this past summer (this is where the water connection comes in).
In order to prevent the depletion of our crops, a decrease in overall chicken production, and finally a shortage of savory chicken wings, Americans must practice water conservation techniques all year around, not just during the dry summer months.
When it comes to conserving water, here are a few rules of thumb:
- Water your plants or lawn early in the morning. This will prevent up to 30% of your water from being lost to evaporation.
- Use a broom instead of a hose when cleaning your driveway or sidewalk.
- During drought season, set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more drought friendly.
- Be sure to only run your dishwashers or washing machines when they are completely full.
- Periodically check all pipes in your house for leaks.
If every American begins practicing water conservation techniques, the chances of a chicken wing shortage will be less likely, and this savory, saucy, and salty snack will remain in its rightful place of glory in the hearts, minds, and stomachs of football fans everywhere.