I'm a bit late posting a link to this, but it's still worth reading. This essay, "Farmer in Chief," was written by Michael Pollan and published in the New York Times Magazine on October 9. (Pollan is the author of Ominvore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food). It's a concise argument for why and how the American food industry matters. Our nation's food policy, Pollan argues, is integral to not our our health and the economy but national security, too. Worth reading.