The White House Garden

I heard about this map during a farm policy workshop (Healthy Farms, Healthy People coalition – from CDC).  It’s disheartening to discover how much money is poured into obesity prevention and nutrition promotion at the federal level that’s coincident with the implementation of commodity policies that actually disincentive fruit and vegetable growers.

Here’s an excerpt from the original Huffington Post article – where I found this image:

The image below details what the White House Garden would look like if it was planted with subsidized crops from the Food and Farm Bill (via Slow Food USA Twitter). The image, created byKitchen Gardeners International, shows the layout of the Spring 2011 White House garden. There are plots for fruits and vegetables including peas, kale, kohlrabi, pak choi, cauliflower, endive, herbs, swiss chard, lettuce, broccoli, chervil, garlic, greens, mint, collards, turnips, beets, arugula, spinach, rhubarb, blueberries and raspberries.

The “subsidy garden” shows the roughly $11 billion per year spent on mostly large-scale agriculture. The garden consists of corn, wheat, rice, cotton, soybeans, tobacco, sorghum, canola and sunflower.

via: HuffPost


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