Ezra Klein has a couple of interesting posts about the price of meat in America. What might happen to our diets if we had to pay a true market price for meat? What if the government subsidized broccolli and beans instead of beef and the corn feed needed to fatten cattle?
There has been a tremdous amount of books published recently on the politics of food; hopefully this increase in awareness will cause people to think more about what they and their families ingest. For starters, I recommend the works Wendell Berry and Michael Pollian.