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The New York Times this morning reports that “in the past four years sales of packaged organic hot dogs have increased sharply. Although organic dogs have been around for at least a decade, the new models on the market taste better, have healthier fat profiles and are made from animals that spend their lives eating nothing but pasture.”

However, at this point the market for healthier hot dogs isn’t enough to reverse an almost unthinkable trend in American consumption habits – while Americans eat close to $2 billion worth of hot dogs each year, the annual consumption rate has dropped by more than six percent over the past four years – at least in part because of concerns about how unhealthy hot dogs may be.
KC's View:
Wasn’t it Humphrey Bogart who once said, “A hot dog at the ballpark is better than steak at the Ritz”?

Not sure what Bogie would have made of political correctness affecting the sale of such an American tradition as hot dogs.

We’re also reminded of the scene in “2010” when Heywood Floyd (Roy Scheider) responds to someone suggesting that the hot dogs are good in the Astrodome: “Astrodome? You can't grow a good hot dog indoors. Yankee Stadium. September. The hot dogs have been boiling since opening day in April. Now that's a hot dog.”

Of course, everything changes. “2010” was released in 1984, and the filmmakers couldn’t possibly have known then that by 2000 the Houston Astros would have abandoned the Astrodome and would be playing outdoors at Minute Maid Park.

Everything changes. So why not a natural, healthy-for-you hot dog?