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GOOD Books: Read Your Vegetables GOOD Books for New Vegetarians

GOOD Books rounds up the best in vegetarian reading.

GOOD Books is a weekly round-up of what we're reading and what we wish we were reading.

As a temporary vegetarian on day nine of The GOOD 30-Day Challenge, it’s hard to keep thoughts of my favorite meat-filled snack—the taco—from sizzling in my consciousness. To replace my carnivorous thoughts with veggie ones, I thought I’d kick off our new GOOD Books series by diving into some of the best vegetable-oriented reading that the old-fashioned printed word has to offer.

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The Inconvenient Truth About Cheap Food and Obesity: It's Not Farm Subsidies

Stop blaming farm subsides for making unhealthy food cheap and causing the sky-rocketing obesity rates.


Pop quiz: What mistaken belief about food is endorsed by both the libertarian right and the foodie left?

Answer: That farm subsidies make unhealthy foods artificially cheap.

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Since 1995, GOP Congresspeople Have Received More Than $5 Million in Farm Subsidies

Democrats have received less than a tenth of that. But the debate over farm subsidies is complicated.


Farm subsidies are one of the most hotly debated issues in national food policy. Some critics, such as Daniel Griswold of the Cato Institute, call for their complete elimination, others, such as journalists Michael Pollan and Mark Bittman, advocate their radical reform, blaming them for exacerbating our national obesity crisis and encouraging unsustainable industrial agriculture. Still others, including prominent lawmakers, economists, and agribusiness leaders, defend their valuable role in maintaining national security and supporting family farms.

In fact, the only thing that's not up for debate in this whole morass is that the questions of agricultural subsidies is incredibly divisive—it's an issue that can crush the most sanguine observer's dreams of clarity and consensus.

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Obesity a Greater Threat to National Security than Homosexuality

With the Senate still agonizing over the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," David Frum compares discharge rates for DADT and obesity.

With the Senate still agonizing over the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," David Frum, political commentator and former economic speechwriter for President George W. Bush, wrote a CNN op-ed that contained this remarkable statistic:

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