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Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Obamas - They Like It Local and Fresh Too

Our country's whitehouse is going green in the kitchen! No, not vegetarian, but more local and fresh. Sam Kass, a chicago chef, was hired to cook for the Obamas. He will join the head chef who is a holdover from Mr. Bush. Mr. Kass, one of the new breed of chefs who are concerned about the environment and about poor eating habits in this country, has been quoted as saying people in his profession should take the lead in tackling public health issues. "His cooking was very low key and down to earth and delicious," Kuck says. "It was amazing how you could just have this one bowl of soup and it was like nothing you had ever eaten. Sam would buy the ingredients from the farmers' market. He is very accessible and down to earth, very enthusiastic about organic food and all the food issues that we are facing." Civil Eats, a sustainable eating website, has an interesting article about Mr. Kass joining the white house staff. Farmer's Markets in DC, like Fresh Food Market, will never be the same! Eleanor Roosevelt - your greening of the white house has been revived!

1 comment:

livinginalocalzone said...

Interesting info. I do wonder, though, how much of it is real and how much of it is picking up on what seems to be a growing trend? Doing something oneself is a far cry from being able to follow through on policy changes that have tougher opposition and more "equities" to balance politically.

Another big piece is making farmers markets/local food really accessible to more people. In many cities around the country it just isn't possible to do easily/budget friendly at this point, especially when many are thinking so much about finances. Even if a family/individual would like to get fresher food, they feel it is a luxury - at least until some sort of critical mass/shift in thinking happens. Which is sad. Cycle really - until a shift, its hard to be more available, and until its more available, it may be hard to get that critical mass.

It's a start though. I guess I'm just skeptical about politics in general, regardless of if its Obama or any other (not partisan based)... I'd very much love to be wrong on this though!