Although I am impressed that Michelle Obama has placed an organic garden upon the grounds of the White House, I would hardly call it a fresh-food revolution. It may be a fresh-food revolution for the middle and upper classes, but it does not help the millions of Americans living in or near poverty. It is well known that socioeconomic status and obesity are linked. It has also been suggested that a partial reason for the obesity of people with lower earned incomes is the lack of access to (or affordability of) fresh produce. In sum, referring to Michelle Obama's organic garden as a revolution ignores the fact that millions of Americans do not have access to fresh food and again supports the interests of the middle and upper classes. A true revolution includes ensuring that poor people have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. I am disappointed to find such a focus in The Nation.
Apr 27 2009 - 3:36pm