It seems there's an upside to the coming depression. The New York Times reports from Austin, Minn. (self-described "Spamtown"):
The economy is in tatters and, for millions of people, the future is uncertain. But for some employees at the Hormel Foods Corporation plant here, times have never been better. They are working at a furious pace and piling up all the overtime they want.
The workers make Spam, perhaps the emblematic hard-times food in the American pantry.
Hint: Try the eggs benedict with Spam at Johnny’s Spamarama. The kids'll love it!
And there's more good news for gourmets:
Kraft Foods said recently that some of its value-oriented products like macaroni and cheese, Jell-O and Kool-Aid were experiencing robust growth. And sales are still growing, if not booming, for Velveeta, a Kraft product that bears the same passing resemblance to cheese as Spam bears to ham.
I happily fed my kids to my benevolent cheese-monster overlords!
— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading