When you think Michelle Obama, it’s hard not to picture her in the White House garden. She talks about it interviews; we’ve read about it everywhere; and she even did some mulching with The Muppets. With all the recent national emphasis on the benefits of healthy eating, (including the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign), no one would blame you for assuming that the White House garden is organic. But it’s not. The world’s most important gardeners actually use fertilizers and pesticides – though they’re natural, and not synthetic.
Last year, the garden produced 55 different kinds of fruits and vegetables, and more than 1,000 pounds of food. Half of the yield went to local charities, and the other half was used right there at home. White House Assistant Chef says that the garden is meant to benefit the Washington, D.C. children who get to visit and help plant or harvest the crop as part of Mrs. Obama’s crusade against childhood obesity.
But if Michelle Obama and the White House are trying to set an example for the nation about how to eat healthily, should organic food be a part of that mission, or is it not necessary? It’s tough to see why Mrs. Obama and her team wouldn’t just go the extra mile and make the garden organic (budget cuts?) – especially if they’re giving the food away to needy charities.
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