Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Americans love big breasts, Chinese love big feet

The Chinese are crazy for those big feet, chicken feet that is.

"Big chicken feet result from the American preference for white chicken meat. A bird bred for big breasts is necessarily bred to have big, strong feet and legs," says poultry economist Paul W. Aho in a New York Times article.

The plump feet are virtually worthless on this side of the Pacific, but are considered a delicacy in China and sell for 60 - 80 cents per pound.

The Chinese are threatening to levy import taxes on the feet in a tit-for-tat tariff spat with the Yanks, but producers are optimistic that Chinese consumers will vote with their feet, pressuring officials to keep the treat's trade ticking.

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