Critiquing the Obamas’ first harvest: symbols vs. policy
Seeds of change at White House still germinating: Thoughtful piece asking food movement heavyweights (Ferd Hofner of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and yes, the ubiquitous Mr. P) whether the Obama Administration has been more talk than action over healthy food policy, with the White House organic garden the most significant step toward the broad goals the campaign laid out last year. "[T]he jury is definitely still out," said Hofner. "There have been a lot of atmospherics, but only a few substantive things so far ... We're feeling fairly positive that stuff is on the way -- we're just not entirely sure when it's going to be unveiled." (Salon) Some would argue, as the indefatigable FoE Eddie has here, that the garden is merely the first salvo in a cleverly low-key battle plan that has already resulted in Michelle Obama becoming the most visible, popular face of food system reform.
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