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Reader recommendation: Rivers of Empire

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Rivers of Empire by Donald Worster is a must-read for those concerned about food independence and sustainability. It explains how, in the United States, Federal policies subsidize agriculture in the arid West at the expense of the fertile and less climatically-challenged Eastern states. Worster is an opinionated and eloquent writer who will challenge what you think you know about the history of the West.