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From the White House Blog:


Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
 

Spring Gardening

"This is a big day. We've been talking it since the day we moved in," said the First Lady as she and two dozen local students broke ground on the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House.  Those students will be involved in the garden as it develops and grows, producing delicious, healthy vegetables to be cooked in the White House Kitchen and given to Miriam's Kitchen, which serves the homeless in Washington, DC. 

 
The First Lady and DC students garden

(end blog quote--but I may have to subscribe to www.whitehouse.gov/blog/  ...this particular little excerpt and photo are found at www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/03/20/spring-gardening/

I think this is awesome, of course. (Doing my little "Go-bama, go-bama, Michelle so rocks, go-bama" dance...guess you have to be here.) What's even cooler is that it's going to be an organic garden. 

What is both funny (in a sick way) and sick (in a funny way) and highly unsurprising (in a very sick and not at all funny way) is that apparently Corporate Chemical is completely going nuts about this, all but accusing her of undermining the fabric of the United States economy (i.e. Big Agriculture) by publicly deciding not to spray poison...excuse me, crop protection products...on her family's veggies.

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Pro-Pesticide Group Criticizes First Lady’s Organic Garden

"And First Lady Michelle Obama is coming under criticism from a pro-pesticide industry group for deciding to plant an organic garden at the White House. The Mid America CropLife Association recently wrote to the First Lady to urge her to consider using pesticides, or what they call "crop protection products.” One official with the pro-pesticide group said, “While a garden is a great idea, the thought of it being organic made [us] shudder.” Mid America CropLife represents agribusinesses like Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont."

from http://www.democracynow.org/2009/4/14/headlines (down at the very bottom)

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Text of the letter MACA sent Mrs. Obama behind the cut.  )


This all makes me crow with glee. And do my little dance.

--J

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