Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

Magazine article The American Prospect

From the Executive Editor

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A Poll in the wake of the Gulf oil spill reported that Americans now consider the environment a more important concern than the economy. But many of the big challenges we face are at the intersection of the environment, health, and economics. HEATHER ROGERS, the author of this issue's cover story and a first-time contributor to the Prospect, has made it her specialty to reveal how complex those intersections can be. She points out that the dream of a revolution in food--a shift toward fresh, local, organic ingredients that are affordable to a majority of Americans--cannot be achieved without a much bigger revolution in the economics of agriculture, one that the administration is not close to considering.

Returning to these pages after almost four years, STEPHEN KINZER, a former correspondent for The New York Times, sketches a surprising future for the United States in the Middle East, one in which our key partners will be Turkey and a changed or changing Iran. …

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