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Two weeks ago, reports the White House Blog, First Lady Michele Obama and local elementary students planted an organic garden on the White House lawn.
Sounds great. But some things don’t add up…
Secondly, a few days after planting, the Mid America CropLife Association (a group which represents Monsanto, Dupont and AgroSciences) sent a letter to Ms. Obama suggesting she (and I assume the fifth graders, too) start using “crop protection products.” Something tells me pesticide spray suits don’t come in kid sizes.
The letter went onto say: “If Americans were still required to farm to support their family’s basic food and fiber needs, would the U.S. have been leaders in the advancement of science, communication, education, medicine, transportation and the arts?”
Thirdly, while the First Lady plants organic zucchini, Congress is trying to pass H.R. 875 — the agricultural bill that many believe will put an end to all organic and local farming.
In the Spirit of Politics
Julie Villani’s Organic Food Gardening Beginner’s Manual.
Next post, I’ll share with you the many economic, social, health and spiritual benefits I’ve discovered from having my own garden (both in the big city of New York and out here in Hawaii). Plus, I’ll post photos of the large garden I share with members of the South Maui Sustainability group.
Until then, if you want some help starting your own garden, I like Julie Villani’s Organic Food Gardening Beginner’s Manual. It comes with a copy of Seed Saving Tips & Techniques (very important!) and a Gardening Diary for keeping track of results.
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P.S. For more about rising oil costs and the availability of food, see my previous post Would You Travel 9,600 Kilometers JUST to Have Dinner?.
P.P.S. On a much more positive note – and a topic for another post – is the answer to peak oil: It’s called cold fusion. You may have seen it on 60 Minutes last Sunday.
P.P.P.S. A special thanks to www.Sustainablog.org for first introducing me to these issues about the White House garden and for the tarragon title I used for this post.
P.P.P.P.S. Join the discussion! What do you think about the noted contradictions about agricultural policies coming out of the White House? Leave your feedback in the comment box below…
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