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Mrs Obama's Organic garden v's Big Agriculture

Mrs Obama's Organic garden v's Big Agriculture

America's powerful agribusiness lobby has hit back at Michelle Obama's decision to make her new White House kitchen garden entirely organic, urging her to consider the use of appropriate "crop protection products".

Wearing her finest Jimmy Choo boots, Mrs Obama broke the ground on her vegetable plot on the White House lawn last month, enlisting the help of local schoolchildren to help make a point about the need to tackle childhood obesity.

The kitchen garden is White House's first since Eleanor Roosevelt "dug for victory" in the Second World War, and pictures of the photogenic First Lady getting to work gained massive worldwide coverage.

To the anger of Big Ag, however, Mrs Obama has aligned herself with the growing movement of "locavores", people who grow their own fruit and vegetables at home or try to buy only locally-grown food. The principles of organic gardening, which focuses on building healthy soil, mean that she will not be able to use chemical products to tackle pests or give her plants a boost.

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Naughton, P. (2009, April 22). Big Agriculture takes umbrage at Mrs Obama's organic garden. [Online exclusive]. Times Online. Retrieved April 23rd, 2009, from http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6146396.ece

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