More on the $200 Hamburger (Jonathan Foer)

Following up on The $200 Hamburger (Raj Patel), Foer argues that the food industry has found ways to take advantage of our concern.  It ‘allows’ us to pay more money for something that is in fact, not better at all.  So in the case of eggs, for example:

  • “Free range eggs” is not legally defined.  The U.S.D.A. doesn’t define “free range” when it comes to eggs.  It means nothing.  You could keep 100 hens in your toilet and sell their eggs as free range.
  • “Cage-free” is defined, but only in the most literal sense; they’re literally not in a cage.  It doesn’t mean you can’t have 60,000 of them in a windowless shed pressed body to body.

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