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Barack’s Food Agenda: Organic, Regional


Some think Barack will make eating healthier.

Add it all up, and Obama looks like the first foodie president since Thomas Jefferson. For more recent comparisons, one could look at President Bush, who is a fitness buff but who aligned himself with large agricultural companies like Cargill and Monsanto that some advocates for sustainable agriculture and organic food fight against.

President Bill Clinton certainly seemed to love food, but in his White House years, his tastes ran more toward Big Macs than grass-fed beef. Only after his presidency, and serious health problems, did he turn his attention to issues of obesity and diet.

The Obamas are a different kind of first family, said David Kamp, who traced the history of the modern gourmet-food movement in his book, “The United States of Arugula” (Broadway, 2006). “This time we have a Democrat in office that seems to live the dream and speak the language of both food progressivism and personal fitness,” Kamp said.

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I would say that the issue is how many things can Barack do at once.

Here is the agenda at Change.gov:

1. Revitalizing the Economy
2. Ending the War in Iraq
3. Providing Health Care for All
4. Protecting America
5. Renewing American Global Leadership

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For deep digging on what Barack is likely to do ASAP as President here are 194 Things Barack Intends To Do As President. SOURCE

118. Obama will help organic farmers afford to certify their crops and reform crop insurance to not penalize organic farmers. He also will promote regional food systems.

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One thought on “Barack’s Food Agenda: Organic, Regional

  1. DC MATTHEWS says:

    SLOW FOOD/ ORGANIC FOOD IS STILL TOO EXPENSIVE FOR MOST.
    EVEN in BerkelEy its a mostly MIDDLE AND Upper Income past time.
    simply healthier ….is more doable. AS A START.
    but getting the food banks, schools hospitals/VA institutions and non profits. to do more veggies and beans and healthy instead of teaching the let them eat cake and white bread is neglected and where it needs to start.

    ALSO ORGANIC TAKES 4 TIMES THE SPACE/ SAME AS “GROWING” MEAt
    .ive read
    so there is a problem in even partial conversions for the too big for Earth world population.

    SO small planet and small incomes.
    before we can think larger scale mostly slow food..
    seems we need moRE solutions.

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