Michelle Obama, together with a bunch of local Washington DC school kids, recently replanted the White House kitchen garden. The First Lady’s White House organic kitchen garden is the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden during World War 2.
Apart from helping to feed the family, the idea behind keeping up the kitchen garden is to educate children, and presumably the nation, about the benefits of healthy, locally grown fruit and veges. This initiative comes at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national and international concern. Unhealthy fast food and the promotion of it are everywhere.
Michelle Obama certainly has something in common with Jamie Oliver in this regard. Oliver is currently using his international fame as a chef and tv personality to address similar issues. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution show is currently at the beginning of its second season in the U.S., and will be seen internationally. Oliver has said,
“I believe that every child in America has the right to fresh, nutritious school meals, and that every family deserves real, honest, wholesome food. Too many people are being affected by what they eat. It’s time for a national revolution. America needs to stand up for better food!”
Michelle Obama has said,
“My hope is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”
Do you think they should team up at some point? It might help with getting both of their messages through. After all, it’s not going to be easy. We’re now living in a super-fast food world. Perhaps it would help the healthy, slow food movement gain more momentum?
I tend to think, if the local, healthy food revolution doesn’t start to happen in a big way in pop-culture, it’s not going to happen. Perhaps you disagree?