In a Wall Street Journal interview, Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and, more recently, Food Rules, defends the $8 dozen of eggs:
“We’ve been conditioned by artificially cheap food to be shocked when a box of strawberries costs $3.
“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.
“Eight dollars for a dozen eggs sounds outrageous, 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.”
High-handed Bay Area foodie elitism or inconvenient truth? You decide.