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Egyptian Bread Subsidies

This article in the NYT today, Egypt’s Problem and Its Challenge: Bread Corrupts, seems improtant for two reasons. First, on the face of it the idea of government control of _______ (fill in the blank) appears to be seriously flawed. People will manipulate the system (both within and without government) for their own benefit.

Second, I would love to see the diabetes and obesity statistics for Egypt since, according to the article: “Egypt started subsidizing staples like bread, sugar and tea around World War II, and has done so ever since.” If you look at my other blog, http://www.bswcrossfit.blogspot.com/, you’ll see some info on Gary Taubes work on carbohydrate intake leading to obesity and diabetes.

Here’s a link to the International Diabetes Foundation’s “Diabetes Atlas”. I need to look through how their “prevalence estimates” work exactly, because unless its controlled clinical tests, I’m skeptical of the results.

More to follow…

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January 17, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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