Saturday Morning Links

from NPR

Government Takeover Of Farm Subsidy Would Save Billions, Economist Says

One of the country’s top agricultural economists just fiddled with the government’s balance sheet on crop insurance, and arrived at a shocking conclusion: We’d spend billions of dollars less than we do now if we just gave away a simplified version of the insurance for free.

from NYT

Studies Question the Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity

But two new studies have found something unexpected. Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too. And there is no relationship between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and obesity among its children and adolescents

from Civil Eats

Cottage Food: A Step Towards a Law

“All food businesses start in a home kitchen,” said Shakirah Simley at a recent Kitchen Table Talks in San Francisco. Her statement is a simple reflection on the ethos driving the recent cottage food legislation in California.