I read The Omnivore's Dilemma last year for book club. It was a great book and thought-provoking. I think it is important to think about where we get our food, and the impact that our food has on the environment.
Our local farmer's market sells eggs. Typically, the eggs sell out before we get there (10:30 in the morning or so).
One of the assertions in the book was that the quality of the eggs raised at a local farm might be different. They would have a darker yellow yolk and taste differently. There was a particular farm that Pollan visited that raised/sold these types of eggs.
I haven't tried a taste test yet between the two versions: the eggs I bought in the grocery store and the eggs I bought at the farmer's market.
For me, I perceive that the eggs from the farmer's market (with their brown eggshells) taste better. When I use the eggs in food that I prepare, I feel it tastes better. But is that my perception? Would I be able to tell the difference if I didn't know which egg was which?
I may try the blind taste test, I might not. I was just interested in trying this experiment. After reading Pollan's book, I was assuming that the difference would be obvious in almost all eggs. It's more nuanced than that.
I will still buy eggs from the farmer's market - I am still conscious of the food I eat and prepare and where it comes from. This post isn't meant to change that. I
t does reinforce my need to continue to investigate and be skeptical of what I read. To research for myself - from all different types of sources. I don't think anyone in the local food movement has suggested otherwise. I encourage my readers to research these types of things for themselves as well. I believe blindly accepting any point of view, however logical or valid the point of view may be - is not always the best way to go.