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Food, Inc.

Posted April 29, 2009 09:03 AM by Mark Piepkorn
Related Categories: Books & Media, Nature & Nurture, Politics
The Obamas put in the first food garden (organic, natch) on the White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt's victory garden during World War II. We dig that. Skeptics may scoff that's it just symbolic, but I don't think so. According the The New York Times, the garden will have "55 varieties of vegetables, from a wish list of the kitchen staff. Cristeta Comerford, the White House's executive chef, said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season." And 1100 square feet can produce a lot of produce — the Old Farmer's Almanac says that "A good-sized beginner vegetable garden is 10 x 16 feet [160 square feet]. A plot this size can feed a family of four for one summer, with a little extra." It's not likely, however, that the first family or their handlers are going to (publicly, anyway) spice up the reasons behind this good move with the hard arguments of filmmaker Robert Kenner in his high-impact new movie, Food, Inc.:

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1 I think this is fantastic for posted by Renee on 05/18/2009 at 12:30 am

I think this is fantastic for the green movement. Fast food is gross. I quit fast food then one day I was craving micky d's so bad so I bought some and ate it. It tasted quite different than what I remembered. Then I threw it all up about 20 minutes later. I haven't looked back since.

I also think that the reason why people in America eat so much food that isn't good for them is because it's cheap. If we quit buying bad products and start buying organic as well as educate America (and I think this movie is going to help out with that) then we should see a turn in the way America eats. It might take some time but I think the current generation is starting to realize what is going on and switching their eating habits.

LETS GO GREEN!!!! its better for you and it tastes better too

2 This is a great idea. They sh posted by Diane Newman on 04/30/2009 at 12:15 am

This is a great idea. They should set an example to the people.


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