An Organic Garden at the White House

michele-obama-organic-gardenYou have probably hear the news: the Obamas are planting an organic vegetable garden on the White House South Grounds. In the interview First Lady Michelle Obama gave for Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine April Issue, she stresses the importance of healthy eating and hopes that the organic home garden will help to send the message to the nation: “We want to use it as a point of education, to talk about health and how delicious it is to eat fresh food, and how you can take that food and make it part of a healthy diet. You know, the tomato that’s from your garden tastes very different from one that isn’t. And peas – what is it like to eat peas in seasons? So we want the White House to be a place of education and awareness. And hopefully kids will be interested because there are kids living here.”


The planting of this garden represents a victory for sustainable food and agriculture activists. Some of which, like the WHO Farm (White House Organic Farm Project) have campaigned actively for this outcome.

Michele Obama is not the first to plant a vegetable garden though, Eleanor Roosevelt had already her “victory garden”. But since then all the plantations have been non edible. Except maybe for the sheeps that Woodrew Wilson brought on the White House Grounds during World War I…

For the time being, the Obamas have not expressed any intent to bring sheep or cows into the garden. Let’s hope no animal husbandry activists will match the garden campaign efforts by pushing the Obamas to bring back farm animals to the White House. Although it can add some spice to diplomatic get togethers whith pigs or chicken roaming freely amongst the distiguised attendees at a presidential cocktail party.

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