If you have three spare minutes in your day, read Midwest farmer Jack Hedin's article My Forbidden Fruits (and Vegetables) from the Saturday New York Times. I've lately noticed that the demand for shares in local CSA's and for locally-grown produce in grocery stores seems to far outstrip supply, but I assumed that was simply because it is hard to get into farming and then actually make a living at it. I didn't realize that USDA and the Farm Bill are also working against small farmers trying to grow fruits and vegetables, or really anything that's not corn, wheat or soybeans. Why does it have to be so hard for the average American who doesn't have endless time and disposable income to buy and eat local, nutritious, delicious food that isn't grown using petroleum fertilizers and shipped 1500 miles? We are literally eating and drinking petroleum, not plant matter.
[My arm is getting sore from shaking my fist at the Man]