Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 12, 1973 · Page 14
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 14

Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, April 12, 1973
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I I , GREELEY (Cote.) TRIBUNE Thiirs., April 12, IW3 LYNN HEINZE, Editor (JSDA qdw'ses shoppers; 'Consider nutritional value' By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Let's say you have a choice between a sizzling porterhouse or a serving of dry beans. Would your selection be influenced if you had to pay for it--and you knew the beans cost a 10th as much and had the same nutritional value? Experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture--wary of such ticklish items as food controls and meat boycotts-didn't pose the problem exactly that way today. But that's the way it came out. What the USDA experts did was to put out some advice on how" to stretch (he food dollar lion. They very carefully avoided any recommendations. Measured in terms of February grocery prices, a six-cent serving of dry beans will provide the same amount of protein as 66 cents worth of porterhouse steak or 67 cents worth of lamb chops, the experts said. Further, according to (he USDA cost figures, when it comes strictly to meat and poultry, the best buys for protein-conscious shoppers are wholechicken and hamburger. "One way to determine good buys among meats and meat alternates is to compare the costs of amounts ... that provide equal protein," the Agricultural Research Service said in a report. for protein-rich, body-building Twenty grams of protein, for foods necessary in family nutri- example, is about one-third of Cattlemen to argue against rollbacks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Iowa, said the organization had Cattlemen from Iowa, Cali- some success Wednesday. The fornia, New Mexico, Texas and bill was held up in the House Arizona said they would visit Rules Committee, he explained. senators in Washington, D.C., The organization displayed Thursday to plead against the two Angus steers. Ray Swifzer, farm price rollbacks lo Jan. 10 Sioux City, said one weighs 700 levels. 'pounds--representing the The cattlemen said their ef- Amount of beef a consumer forts Wednesday included visits Icould buy in 1953 with money to major supermarkets in the earned for 240 hours'labor. The Washington area to speak with other animal weighs 1,200 housewives at the meat count- pounds and represents the ers. amount of beef a consumer The cattlemen, members of could buy this year for the the "Concerned Livestock Fee- same work. ders" said their message was Also in Washington Wednes- that the meat boycott wouldn't day to meet with lawmakers on help food prices. rollback proposals was the One member of the group, board of directors of the Na- Ralph Halslrom, Cherokee, Honal Farmers Organization. leaders of the consumers' Protest days- meatless nights boycott met with Iowa livestock interests in Ames, Iowa, Tuesday--at the cattlemen's invitation; WASHINGTON (AP) - The " UnM1 soraeone can show me WAsmwoiuiM (AP) The something better, I'm going to newest national consumer .,, , . ,,? om,m ,,,,,,,,, ATM,,,.,.... advocate a pnce rollback to group wants Americans not to eat or buy meat on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to prepare for a national day of protest against food prices next month. mea( ^ The battle cry for continued ,,,,,,,, ',,,,,, drop retail meat prices at least 20 cents a pound," promised Ann Brown, Washington, D.C., an organizer of last 'week's meat boycotts was sounded Wednesday as 150 women, all boycott leaders, met on Capitol Hill as the National Consumers Congress. "I really think the consumer movement started here today," Royal Holz, a Grand Junction, Iowa, beef feeder, said the best policy is to "play it cool and be patient. We in the beef industry fully expected meat prices to go down wilh an increased supply. Whal we didn't expect was this extremely said congress chairman Betty "'"T ."". '"" = A '/ K Furness, New York City, com* $£, ^^ and a reduction in rate of gain." missioner of consumer affairs. The group immediately called for two meatless days each week and designated May 5 as a national day of protest against high food prices with demonstrations scheduled across the country. The women also called for Secretary Earl Bulz and urged d ,, ,, , the administration to affect a "major rollback of food prices." In addition, they passed a resolution demanding that the President reduce exports of scarce foods and take action to spur domestic food production and food imports. In Chicago, the president of the American Meat Institute said that a rollback in food prices would produce one of (lie "It's hard to ask people to countered Mrs. Women attending Ihe meeting with Mrs. Brown were Lynn Jordan, Springfield, Va.; Ellen Haas, Bethesda, Md.; Jan Schakowsky, Chicago and Kay living Council. Mrs Schakowsky wondered, "Where will il end? Where is the happy ending? Supply is fighting demand and we both are losing." GWS makes record payments for 1972 (AP) - Great DENVER worst meat shortages in the na- Western Sugar Co. announced (ion's history. today that sugar growers in its Herrell DeGraff said a roll- five-state area received the back to the Jan. 10 level would highest payment, $18.26 a ton, cost the livestock and meat in- for their crop in the 68-year his- dustries $1.25 billion, and would tory of the company, produce only short-term bene- Great Western Growers Col- fits for consumers. orado, Kansas, Nebraska, Mon- But, he said, the industry's tana and Wyoming received ability to provide meat would $18.26 per ton including $2.26 a be curtailed resulting "in the ton from the federal Sugar Act. most serious meat shortage Ust year's total payment was ever, wilh a relurn lo meal ra- $1.71 less a ton, the company tioning and black markets." said. The boycott leaders beat Payments will be mailed down a proposal lo endorse a April 20 to growers, the corn- congressional bill which would pany said, and will total $9 mil- roll back food and all other lion. Those payments will bring prices lo Jan. 10, 1973, levels, the total for the year to $9fl.3 One woman argued that the million, $87 million from Great legislation does not go far Western and $12.3 million in enough to lower prices. payments under the Sugar Act. Ralph Nader, told the woman The 'final payments for the lo rely on Safeway, A 4 P or 1972 sugar crop will nol be paid the Agriculture Department is until October, under terms of lo rely on n consistent practice the company's agreement wilh of deception. the growers. the recommended daily allowance for a 20-year-old m a n . ' A three-ounce serving of cooked lean beef, pork, lamb, veal, lur- key or fish provides about 20 grams of protein or more. On a 20-gram basis, the protein-cost rating of bacon, for example, is 63 cents; hot dogs 35 cents and bologna 47 cents. Some other ratings on this 20- gram protein scale: peanut butter 12 cents; milk and eggs 18; beef liver; turkey and canned sardines 20; liverwurst 34 and veal cutlets 63. One pound of beans, according to the Bureau of Labor Sta- tistics, cost 26 cents in February. Translated, that meant that 20 grams of bean protein cost 6 cents. By comparison, porterhouse steak cost $1.97 a pound, or 66 cents for 20 grams of protein. The highest-priced meat on the scale was lamb chops at $2.18 per pound for a 20-gram protein cost of 67 cents. Retail prices of meat have moved up sharply in recent months, of course. 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