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Just thought I would post an article about the White House veggie garden, this is so exciting…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/09/michelle-obama-gardens-wi_n_185287.html

I also wanted to take time to comment on the book I am currently reading ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ by Michael Pollan. I am about half way through this great eye opening book and it is amazing to me the stuff that happens with the agriculture industry. They do all they can to produce as much shitty corn as possible, then process it a million times over and add it to the food supply. It is no wonder 1 in 5 children are now obese in the country. In a recent Ohio State-Temple study 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese. Here is the story:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/06/child-obesity-study-one-i_n_183790.html

I really appreciate what President and Michelle Obama have done to introduce the country to gardening but I think they are going to have to do more. Agribusiness has to be reformed or else we are going to get more stories like this (from the NY Times today):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/health/policy/10food.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

To make things even more interesting, big agribussiness like Monsanto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto) is trying to buy up all heirloom seed companies and make that industry obsolete. Now this is just my opinion but this article seems to point out what is going on…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kerry-trueman/fedco-seeds-the-david-to_b_178581.html

Also there is a documentary that will be out this summer called Food, Inc. here is the trailer…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqQVll-MP3I

Finally for any who read this blog, please sign the following petitions, Thank you…

http://fooddeclaration.org/
http://www.organicconsumers.org/monfax.cfm

I promise not to ‘preach’ any more, until next time…

Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupations is exhilarating and life-giving.

– Mohandas K. Gandhi

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Here is a layout of the White House vegetable garden

http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/garden_layout.pdf

Also here is a great blog post from A. Siegel, and an article from the NY Times about the new garden at the White House, very exciting stuff!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/a-siegel/the-white-house-organic-v_b_177198.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/dining/20garden.html?_r=1

The amazing thing to me is that the entire cost of this project is only $200 for the seeds, mulch, etc…

Upon reading about the garden at the White House this week, I felt inclined to email President Obama through the whitehouse.gov website. I hope to hear back from President Obama and will share what he has to say.

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Today at 7:44 a.m. was the official start of Spring. In Ann Arbor it was a balmy 20-degrees, but it is supposed to be in the 50’s this weekend perfect for doing to preliminary yard work.

Here is a great article that I read last night, the White House is getting a vegetable garden. Thank you Michelle Obama!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/19/white-house-kitchen-garde_n_177121.html

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw. ~Henry David Thoreau

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