The Post front page article (available at www.washingtonpost.com for the next 2 weeks) is a reminder to readers about the health hazards of meat-packing plants, some of which are outside the US, but shipping meat into the US in mass quantities. Plants are constantly breaking health laws and it's a wonder more consumers are not suffering from e. coli & food poisoning as a result!
Reading that, and the excellent book "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser, could be enough to make you turn away from fast-food chains (like me), and perhaps from eating meat.
(Note: I'm not a vegetarian
The other excellent article, the February 22-28 Washington City Paper, is about the lack of affordable, GOOD bread in the DC area. By affordable I mean under $5 a loaf, and available in most supermarkets. Giant & Safeway have their own bakeries & don't want smaller companies like Uptown, Marvelous Market & others moving in, even though the speciality breads at Giant & Safeway are nowhere as good!