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Obamas planted an organic kitchen garden at the White House

First lady Michelle Obama has frequently been seen in the news advocating for her campaign against obesity.  Back in March 2009, CNN.com released an article, Obamas plant organic kitchen garden at White House, that described one of many actions that the Obamas have taken to demonstrate some of the small things that everyone can do to gain access to local, organic, and healthy foods.

Michelle Obama’s main focus is childhood obesity and she explained in the article that when it comes to getting her children to eat healthy foods, she has found that by involving her daughters “in planting it and picking it, they were much more curious about giving it a try.”

The article goes on to provide a bit of background on the issue of a presidential kitchen garden at the White House and added that the idea of a garden like this, “used year-round with different seasonal crops, has been strongly promoted by advocates for organic and locally grown food. They argue that the White House garden may help set a positive example for families short on time and money, who are often tempted by cheaper, highly processed food.”

Whether or not the first family is promoting organic growing methods, they certainly are setting an example for American children to have access to locally grown, fresh, and healthy foods.  Among other things, the presidential garden will include butterhead and red leaf lettuce, spinach, broccoli, onions, carrots, peas, and a range of herbs, such as sage, oregano and rosemary.

2 thoughts on “Obamas planted an organic kitchen garden at the White House

  1. Its really an great move-organic farming if handled properly results will be surely worthy.Its better to have fruit,vegetables which are pesticides free for better health

  2. It's actually great to see someone as influential as the first lady promote things like organic food and natural healthy eating. With the obesity rising fast, it's something that hopefully picks up more steam and makes its way into more American tables.