Earlier this month, World View invited everyone to pose questions for an interview with President Obama on YouTube, following the State of Union address. One question that made the cut was posed by Josh Viertel, the President of Slow Food USA, who asked why it’s cheaper for Americans to feed their kids Froot Loops than real fruit, and how Obama plans to change that so that more families can afford healthy diets. Obama was less articulate than usual when answering the question, essentially pointing to the efforts of his wife, Michelle Obama, and the influence of mass retailers like Walmart.
Check out the video, below (go to minute 31 for the Froot Loop question):
Josh Viertel wasn’t impressed. In his evaluation of Obama’s answer, “Froot Loops vs. Real Fruit: For Real Change, Don’t Look to Obama,” written for The Atlantic, he rails the president for skipping over the real issues and talking about Walmart. Instead of discussing food insecurity, sustainable agriculture, and access to healthy food, Obama discussed Walmart’s plans to improve its food labeling system and highlight healthier, organic choices – something Viertel suggests is just a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Viertel doesn’t get into a debate about the merits of Walmart’s food labeling plans or Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, but we want to know what you think: Is the president doing enough to make healthy food affordable and accessible to all? Tell us what you think of his answer (and his policies) in the comments section, below:
via The Atlantic