Lobsters are in a Tailspin

Thanks to Climate Change and Darden Foods

Your next luxurious dinner out may have to take a nosedive to the nearest grocery store.  While lobster tail has long been a favorite meal for anniversaries, birthdays and wedding proposals, the tasty sea crustacean is slowly swimming downstream.  The supply has dwindled over the years due to climate change and economic setbacks have put dining out on the back burner.  The once popular feasts of lobsters are in a tailspin, and the restaurants that serve them are too.

The dramatic change in weather patterns have greatly effected much of the Earth.  Our food supplies are being tested, including the oceans and the food we get from them.  For example, the lobster, famed for its soft texture and sweet taste,  has been demoted to cannibal status.   Warmer waters in the oceans have caused the creatures to actually eat one another, leaving less for human consumption.   The ones that are still captured cost a pretty penny due to fishermen’s labor costs and the cost of gas for boats.  Still, there are some that are lucky enough to be chosen, as they are displayed and put up for viewing in restaurants and grocery stores.  The banded overgrown spider type delicacies are very affordable in food stores, as they are used as a lead-in to attract more sales.  They are still of the same type quality you would find on your dinner plate in most fine dining establishments.

Lobsters can live up to 60 years, but after that amount of time, they become aggravated like grumpy old men and become less tasty.  The reproduction of lobsters has also been affected due to climate change.  Many factors including restaurants bottom line have made a difference in the amount of lobster dinners being served.  Darden restaurants, parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and several others have cut costs and employees.  The overall effect has been reflected in menu changes and service.  The lobsters are trying to keep afloat during hard times, but are being sliced and diced into new recipes to stretch the dollar of both the business and the consumer.

In the meantime, gift cards have become a very popular and easy gift to stick inside a card or select when in a hurry.  They are also an easy item to re-gift in a pinch and could be continuously recycled and never used.  The lost profits from extra sales that usually occur with them, has also gone into a tailspin.  Many causes and effects have stirred up a pot of boiling issues that leave the lobster lovers in the lurch for lunch.

Lobsters have long been known as the cream of the crop type of food that humans can survive without.  Their future is uncertain as food suppliers re-evaluate the cost of harvesting them, marketing them and serving them up with a slice of lemon.  They seem to be happiest in their own environment of the sea and as a close second in a tank that is gawked at by toddlers.  Lobsters are in a tailspin for awhile and if and when they resurface, they could easily pinch your wallet once again.

By:  Roanne FitzGibbon

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