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Obamas to Plant Garden on White House Lawn – What Does That Say About the Safety of Our Food Supply

So, I bought myself a Kindle and now download both the New York Times and Washington Post – Well, I try to read them daily. Anyway, I see that according to the Washington Post that the Obamas are planting a garden (first reported on obamafoodorama):

On Friday, Michelle Obama will host a groundbreaking for a White House kitchen garden on the South Lawn. She will be joined by students from Bancroft Elementary in Washington, who will be participating in the project during tomorrow’s event as well as by planting in the coming weeks and harvesting later this year. The 1,100 square foot garden will include 55 kinds of vegetables, including peppers, spinach, and, yes, arugula. (The list of vegetables is a wishlist put together by White House chefs.) There will also be berries, herbs and two hives for honey that will be tended by a White House carpenter who is also a beekeeper. The chefs will use the produce to feed the first family and for state dinners and other official events. The White House will be using organic seedlings, as well as organic fertilizers and organic insect repellents. The garden will be located near the tennis courts and visible to passerbys on the street.

We have a garden too, and I grew up with a big garden. I honor that the Obamas are going to get their hands dirty in the garden. However, I wonder what that says about the safety of the food supply?

  • Michele

    Here’s some tips on food safety in the home garden.
    http://wifss.ucdavis.edu/pdf/homegardenbrochure.pdf

  • I don’t quite understand your question. Are you worried too many folks are going to walk by the garden and go to the bathroom on it or something? I think the message they are sending is that we have to take the food supply back into our own hands. The monopolization and corporatization of our food supply is at the root of our massive pathogen outbreaks, so perhaps it is time to go back to small, go back to personal control, go back to picking fresh for the meal you are about to eat instead of buying a bagged salad that is 10 days old and contains leaves from three different farms in different countries.

  • Dia

    YEA – I’m glad to see your report on this! I am one of many people who participated in the ‘day one’ suggestion that the new president (& family) reinstate the age old tradition of the White House growing much of the food that goes through their kitchen! Thomas Jefferson’s garden is one of the most famous – As Rebecca says, I see this as a good move – encouraging others to look local (as close as our CSA or own back yard) for the bulk of our food!