Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day 355- Nutrition Bite

Local and organic grown food advocated in the White House
After being largely ignored for years by Washington, advocates of organic and locally grown food have found a receptive ear in the White House, which has vowed to encourage a more nutritious and sustainable food supply.
The most vocal booster so far has been the first lady, Michelle Obama, who has emphasized the need for fresh, unprocessed locally grown food. Last week she started work on a White House vegetable garden. More surprising, perhaps, are the pronouncements out of the Department of Agriculture, an agency with long and close ties to agribusiness.
In mid-February, Tom Vilsack, the new secretary of agriculture, took a jackhammer to a patch of pavement outside his headquarters to create his own organic “people’s garden.” Two weeks later, the Obama administration named Kathleen Merrigan, an assistant professor at Tufts University and a longtime champion of sustainable agriculture and healthy food, as Mr. Vilsack’s top deputy. See article for more details http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/business/22food.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

Sugar Preacher's Experience
The article continues to talk about the economic gloom and how it might affect the local sustainable food agenda. I'm not sure how the government has money to fund all of these programs. I think local and organic food is a great idea. I just don't know about the economical feasibility.

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