$8 for Dozen Eggs? Why It's a Good Deal

Food is too artificially cheap, argues Michael Pollan
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2010 7:20 PM CDT
Eggs are too cheap, argues Michael Pollan.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
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(Newser) – Foodie reformer Michael Pollan continues his "pay more, eat less" crusade in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, arguing that $8 for a dozen eggs should be standard fare. It sounds absurd, "but when you think that you can make a delicious meal from two eggs, that's $1.50. It's really not that much when we think of how we waste money in our lives."

The problem is that "we've been conditioned by artificially cheap food to be shocked when a box of strawberries costs $3," he says. "But it's important to know that farmers aren't getting wealthy. When you see strawberries being sold for $1 a box, picture the kind of labor it takes to pick those strawberries and the kind of chemicals it takes to produce those kinds of strawberries without hand weeding." Best advice: Eat food that's in season, and get to a farmers' market if possible to keep the price down.

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