Michelle Obama’s organic garden, which she co-founded with a group of youth this March, has ruffled the feathers of agri-businesses. Voicing concern that she failed to recognize the importance of conventional agriculture in meeting increasing demand for food, the Mid-America CropLife Association (MACA), an agro-industry lobby comprised of Monsanto and DuPont executives, sent a letter of concern to the White House a few days after the garden’s debut. In their missive, the trade group contended that “technology” enables farmers to meet an increasing demand for food in a sustainable manner.
Despite this backlash, Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (D-NB) and Steve Kagan (D-WI), approve of the First Lady’s recent move. Through House Resolution 458 last month, the Congressmen voiced support for gardening and farmers’ markets, asserting that they enable self-sufficiency, build durable, local economies, and strengthen communities. The bill lauds a startling 19% increase in gardening from the previous year, as 43 million Americans said they would garden in 2009.
Fortenberry says that government need not over-regulate processes of food production – processes that have long evidenced “sound food safety and sustainability.”
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