The general idea for this column came from Tom Philpott's article "Toward a less efficient and more robust food system" over on Grist. His citations of Jane Jacobs made a lot of sense to me, as I've read Jacobs myself and generally respect and agree with her ideas. Other contributing ideas and research come from Mother Jones (uber liberal), where I found an article by Kevin Drum and a column by Bill McKibbon. No Impact Man had a guest post from Sean Sakamoto which I enjoyed. Finally, Too Big To Fail from Businessweek and Where Obesity Grows by George Will over on Real Clear Politics (uber conservative) both helped.