Monday, July 11, 2011
Would it be too much to ask for help purchasing... lettuce? You see, I don't have an enormous income, and I like both salad & sandwiches. However, today, I almost suffered apoplexy when I noted the price of a head of iceberg lettuce.
A year ago, it was a tolerable 99 cents. Last year, it climbed to a questionable $1.99. Now, a fucking head of everyday greens comes to $2.49 at the local grocery. It wasn't massaged with velvet gloves or spritzed with mineral water. It's not organic. It's just lettuce. Iceberg lettuce. The white bread of veges.
Why has the price more than doubled over the past year? Well, of course, that depends on who you ask. Here are the reports I collected, which explain that it's gas prices; no, it's cold weather; oh, no, it's rainy weather; nope, really, it's because there's less available.
"Lettuce has become increasingly expensive as fuel prices drive food costs higher. A head of lettuce can cost as much as a gallon of gas."
"Lettuce is up because of crop freezes in Florida and Mexico, tripling in cost from $1 to $3 per pound."