by Michael dEstries
Categories: Eats.

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Sure, we got all excited when it was revealed that the White House kitchens were pushing a new, major composting system — but this latest news has us giddy.

While unlikely, President Obama mentioned yesterday that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were looking into setting up a small farmers market just outside the White House. “One of the things that we’re trying to do now is to figure out, can we get a little farmers’ market—outside of the White House? I’m not going to have all of you all just tromping around inside—(laughter)—but right outside the White House—(laughter)—so that—so that we can—and—and—and that is a win-win situation,” he said.

Presumably, you might see some produce from the official White House garden in that market — which we know would probably fly off the shelves faster than anything else. This farmers market reveal was part of a larger answer on physical fitness for children and nutrition in schools. As we’ve covered, there’s been a strong push to increase the nutritional value of school lunches. Tobey Maguire recently wrote letters to top-ranking Congressional leaders urging an update to the Child Nutrition legislation — while a new ad campaign around D.C. features a young girl asking the question, “President Obama’s daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don’t I?”

“When it comes to food, one of the things that we are doing is working with school districts,” said the President. “And the child nutrition legislation is going to be coming up.  We provide an awful lot of school lunches out there and—and reimburse local school districts for school-lunch programs.  Let’s figure out how can we get some fresh fruits and vegetables in the mix.  Because sometimes you go into schools and—you know what the menu is, you know?  It’s French fries, Tater Tots, hot dogs, pizza and—now, that’s what kids—let’s face it, that’s what kids want to eat, anyway (Laughter.)  So it’s not just the schools’ fault.”

“A, that’s what kids may want to eat.  B, it turns out that that food’s a lot cheaper, because of the distributions that we’ve set up. And so what we’ve got to do is to change how we think about, for example, getting local farmers connected to school districts, because that would benefit the farmers, delivering fresh produce, but right now they just don’t have the distribution mechanisms set up.”

via Grist

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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