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Good piece in Slate noting that while poor people in some countries are rioting over the rising cost of food, and even middle-class Americans are struggling with the price of trying to feed their families, there is another, under-reported phenomenon taking place.

The food crisis, Slate writes, also is taking "a heavy toll on another class, much less deserving of our sympathy, whose members also devote a disproportionate share of their incomes to food: food snobs.

"You surely know some food snobs … We food snobs buy dried Italian pasta rather than Mueller macaroni, artisanal fizzy lemonade from France, not Hi-C. And then we prattle on about it ad nauseam. Of course, our organic, imported, steel-cut, Meyer lemon products taste better than their domestic, industrially processed analogues. But they're also important cultural markers. The foods we buy signal to others that we don't just subscribe to Gourmet; we ingest its message of seeking out the finest ingredients. Food snobs know that food isn't simply fuel to get you through the day: It's an expression of taste, refinement, and global consciousness. And thanks to the expansion of trade, the construction of superefficient supply chains, and the Internet, the opportunities for being precious about food have never been greater.

"Alas, the cost of being precious about food has also never been greater."

KC's View:
The writer does note that there may be some relief for food snobs – he says that the local Balducci's has begun including $5-off coupons in its newspaper advertisement.

Maybe we could take up a collection…or run a benefit. Something, so that we can ease the pain…