Did you know that Michelle Obama is an Organic Mom?
"She only wants organic food for her two children, Malia Anne and Natasha".
With Michelle Obama there is hope for change
, a change to the Americans' diets. We can not continue to eat the way we eat and still stay healthy
. We need change now and for the future of our children, if we are ever going to get rid of the health problems gripping the U.S.
Resources Credit: Think Progress
Mrs. Obama Finally Starts To Cautiously Take On Big Food Corporations
By Sy Mukherjee on September 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Obama emphasized that the companies could remain just as profitable selling healthy products as they do selling items high in salt, sugar, and fat as long as them employ effective marketing strategies.
Whether the First Lady’s calls for self-imposed reform will actually bear fruit is an open question. Just 50 firms in the powerful corporate food and beverage industry have spent $175 million on lobbying over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency. That sort of influence is why watchdog groups like the FDA are often stymied in their attempts to regulate the amount of salt, sugar, and fat in food.
The Clinton administration also produced draft voluntary guidelines for food marketed at young children in the 1990s. The Grocery Manufacturers Association balked at the guidelines — which were not even binding — and made killing them a priority. Congress sided with the grocery manufacturers over the children.
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Many people believe that most food in the United States is over-processed, over-subsidized and grown with no regard to the environment, making it harder for small farms to make a profit selling more natural, nutritious food.
The government needs to encourage regulations and incentives to small farmers to give them the opportunity to compete against the "big giants." Foods that are genetically engineered should be labeled as such and fewer subsidies should go to corporate farms.
If Michelle Obama is going organic, we all hope that there will be a new food policy on President Obama’s list. Even though, last year Congress with Obama's support enacted a $290 billion farm bill that directs many subsidies to the largest agricultural players. Advocates of organic foods hope for the best and there is small reasons for hope. See below.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made a proposal to the growing number of food groups and experts who have criticized government subsidies for large corporate farms, saying he will seek to work "with those who seek programs and practices that lead to more nutritious food produced in a sustainable way."
A Hope for Change
A few small gestures from the President and first lady Michelle Obama could accomplish so much. He is the first president and family who might actually have eaten organic food.
Obamas could make a world of difference if they just publish what they are eating every day. Everyone's going to want to be like the Obamas.
We hope that Michelle Obama's style for good food will encourage people to expand their horizons when it comes to what they eat.
Although President Obama has proposed changes in the nation’s farm and rural policies and emphasizes the connection between diet and health, there is nothing to indicate he has a special interest in a radical makeover of the way food is grown and sold.
Still, the dream endures. To advocates who have watched scattered calls for changes in food policy gather political and popular momentum, President Obama looks like their kind of president.
Parents want better public-school lunches. Consumer groups are dreaming of a new, stronger food safety system. Nutrition reformers want prisoners to be fed less soy. And a farmer in Maine is asking the president to plow under an acre of White House lawn for an organic vegetable garden.
Still, no one is sure just how serious President Obama really is about the politics of food.
They look for clues in the lunch menus at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, where his two daughters will be eating items like herbes de Provence pita, local pears and organic chopped salad, served with unbleached napkins in a cafeteria with a serious recycling program.
First Lady's Opinion
On “The View” on ABC Michelle Obama, said that she tries to buy organic food and watches the amount of high-fructose corn syrup in her family’s diet.
Diets filled with healthier food produced by free synthetic, pesticides and fertilizers farms can reduce medical problems like obesity and diabetes and be easier on the environment.
And even if President Obama can’t or won’t deliver the changes some are hoping for, maybe he’ll just leave a little something for America. Some people think it’s time for a change and what the President eats could have a major impact on everyone in the country. It’s that simple.
Here's what Michelle Obama had to say about feeding your kids.....
“You know,” she said, “in my household, over the last year we have just shifted to organic for this very reason. I mean, I saw just a moment in my nine-year-old life—we have a good pediatrician, who is very focused on childhood obesity, and there was a period where he was, like, ‘Mmm, she’s tipping the scale.’ So we started looking through our cabinets. . . . You know, you’ve got fast food on Saturday, a couple days a week you don’t get home. The leftovers, good, not the third day! . . . So that whole notion of cooking on Sunday is out. . . . And the notion of trying to think about a lunch every day! . . . So you grab the Lunchables, right? And the fruit-juice-box thing and we think—we think—that’s juice. And you start reading the labels and you realize there’s high-fructose corn syrup in everything we’re eating. Every jelly, every juice. Everything that’s in a bottle or a package is like poison in a way that most people don’t even know. . . . Now we’re keeping, like, a bowl of fresh fruit in the house.
Pretty much sums up many of the dilemmas I and many others face as parents. How can we all afford to feed our children fresh, healthy, nutritious food? And why is it that the supermarket is a minefield? I just hope that Michelle has a wake-up call about the shampoo her kids are using and the water in which they will soon bathe. I'm not sure how we'll get to the end goal of being able to trust that our personal care products, food, and toys are safe, but it sure makes me happy to know that there may very soon be an occupant of the White House who's wondering the very same thing.
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