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Michelle Obama orders up White House garden (no beets needed)


First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to encourage healthy eating gets underway in earnest with the groundbreaking for a White House garden. The garden, slated for the South Lawn, will help supply produce for the White House kitchen. There will be dozens of organic vegetables planted, including arugula. But no beets.

Somewhere, Alice Waters is rejoicing.

Chez Panisse founder Waters, who was featured in a "60 Minutes" profile Sunday night on CBS, has been one of the most vocal proponents of an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn. (Read more about the interview and see the video here.)

Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama with White House head chef Cristeta Comerford, center, and pastry chef William Yosses. Credit: Getty Images

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Keeping up with the Obama's - next thing Michelle should consider are backyard chickens!

Why no beets? Raw beets are awesome grated on top a salad. I would think the girls would like them....taste kinda like carrots.

Will this garden be a "Food Production Facility" as defined by Bill HR 875, The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009?

If so, the Obamas might be in for a rude shock.

Healthy, home-grown food is about to be made almost impossible by the guardians of our safety ...... Monsanto!!

Oh good good good good good. This is exactly what the country needs as an example. I even hope that whatever size the garden starts out, that it expands to be as large and productive as possible. Good going, Michelle, we love you.


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