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US Joe Biden's Thanksgiving Message Plays Down Supply Chain Fears

13:20  25 november  2021
13:20  25 november  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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President Joe Biden has sought to assure Americans that they need not go without as they sit down for their Thanksgiving Day meal.

President Joe Biden at Eisenhower Executive Office Building on November 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. © Alex Wong/Getty President Joe Biden at Eisenhower Executive Office Building on November 23, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Biden's attempt to dampen down fears about getting a feast on the table follows months of supply chain problems and the highest annual inflation increase for three decades of 6.2 percent.

"For all those concerns a few weeks ago that there would not be ample food available for Thanksgiving, families can rest easy today. Grocery stores are well-stocked with turkey and everything else you need," he tweeted on Wednesday.

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While not warning of food shortages, figures from the American Farm Bureau Federation revealed that the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal could be up to 14 percent higher compared with last year.

Using pricing data across 50 states and Puerto Rico, the Farm Bureau blamed disruptions to supply chains over the last 20 months caused by COVID, inflation and difficulty in predicting demand.

Its 36th annual survey was released on November 18 and looked at a basket of goods including fresh turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk.

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  Biden wishes Americans happy, closer-to-normal Thanksgiving NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions by millions of families — including his own. “As we give thanks for what we have, we also keep in our hearts those who have been lost and those who have lost so much,” the president said in a videotaped greeting recorded with first lady Jill Biden at the White House before their trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts, for the holiday. On the island, the Bidens visited the Coast Guard station at Brant Point to meet virtually with U.S.

The Farm Bureau predicted that the average cost of a meal for 10 people on Thursday will be $53.31—an increase of $6.41 from 2020.

Fresh turkeys accounted for the biggest price rise, although it said cheaper frozen birds would be available for Thursday's meal.

Separate figures provided to Newsweek by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that a basket of Thanksgiving staples which included a frozen turkey would be 5 percent higher.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement: "Everyone who wants a bird for their Thanksgiving dinner will be able to get one and a large one will only cost $1 dollar more than last year."

The U.S. is expected to go into the new year facing supply chain problems exacerbated by the pandemic, a lack of containers, ships, and trucks and a surge in demand. There are also signs that labor market shortages are starting to replace supply chain issues as the main factor for higher costs.

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"While we are clearly seeing signs that the transitory nature of supply chain issues is coming into view," Jamie Cox, managing partner for Harris Financial Group, said in a statement to Newsweek, "mismatches in labor supply and demand" are causing wage pressures to mount.

"Given persistent retirements and other shortages in the labor force, it is possible these temporary dislocations become permanent."

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What do Native Americans really think about Thanksgiving? .
The Great Falls Tribune surveyed more than 40 Indigenous people across 12 tribes about their thoughts on Thanksgiving.But as we learned from Eryn Dion in last year's edition of This is America, the first Thanksgiving actually has a fraught history, as the pilgrims later violated their agreements and attacked and encroached upon Wampanoag lands. This brutality was not uncommon — upon arrival in America, Europeans broke promises and inflicted violence, disease and assimilation against Native people nationwide for generations.

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