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
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.
Naughton, P. (2009, April 22). Big Agriculture takes umbrage at Mrs Obama's
organic garden. [Online exclusive]. Times Online. Retrieved April
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