my friend trent sent me this NYT article today: here. the writer describes the weakness of farm subsidies and how these subsidies affect not only the american diet, but the mexican diet as well (see the tortilla crisis); global warming and the environment; and poverty in third world countries.
it might seem like a stretch, but he makes a compelling argument. i have to say that it feels good to not be owned by the american food industry. i get most of my produce from my garden or the csa. i get my dairy and other stuff (bread & eggs) from an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania. i never ever shop in the middle of a grocery store (except for mint herb tea). i just get food. and it just kinda feels good to be out of that. i don't have to go to the store that often. and my food tastes so much better!
i don't want to sound snarky (which i think i do). but i think this is worth paying attention to.