Mrs Obama fait un jardin bio à la maison Blanche...

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Eh oui, ceal me parait significatif  de la valeur des Obama...qui pour moi sont des créatifs culturels ...etque nous avons à soutenir sur beaucoup d e points...
( voir artile dans ce blogBig Agriculture takes umbrage at Mrs Obama's organic garden

From Times Online April 22, 2009

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

America's powerful agribusiness lobby has hit back at Michelle Obama's
decision to make her new White House kitchen garden entirely organic,
urging her to consider the use of appropriate "crop protection

Wearing her finest Jimmy Choo boots, Mrs Obama broke the ground on her
vegetable plot on the White House lawn last month, enlisting the help
of local schoolchildren to help make a point about the need to tackle
childhood obesity.

The kitchen garden is White House's first since Eleanor Roosevelt "dug
for victory" in the Second World War, and pictures of the photogenic
First Lady getting to work gained massive worldwide coverage.

To the anger of Big Ag, however, Mrs Obama has aligned herself with
the growing movement of "locavores", people who grow their own fruit
and vegetables at home or try to buy only locally-grown food. The
principles of organic gardening, which focuses on building healthy
soil, mean that she will not be able to use chemical products to
tackle pests or give her plants a boost.

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Shortly after she got to work on the plot, Mrs Obama received a letter
from the Mid-America CropLife Association (MACA), which represents the
companies producing the pesticides and fertilisers underpinning
"conventional" American agriculture.

Addressed to "Mrs Barack Obama", the letter congratulated the First
Lady on "recognising the importance of agriculture in America".
Farming is America's largest industry, generating 20 per cent of GDP
and directly or indirectly employing 22 million people.

The letter does not mention the word "organic", nor even "pesticide"
or "fertiliser" but highlights the role played by farmers in
preventing soil erosion and the massive yields achievable thanks to
technological advances - technologies that can see a single acre
produce almost 20 tonnes of strawberries of 110,000 heads of lettuce
in a season.

"Today, an average farmer produces enough food to feed 144 Americans
who are living longer lives than many of their ancestors. Technology
in agriculture has allowed for the development of much of what we know
and use in our lives today," MACA wrote.

"If Americans were still required to farm to support their family's
basic food and fibre needs, would the US have been leaders in the
advancement of science, communication, education, medicine,
transportation and the arts?

"We live in a very different world than that of our grandparents.
Americans are juggling jobs with the needs of children and ageing
parents. The time needed to tend a garden is not there for the
majority of our citizens, certainly not a garden of sufficient
productivity to supply much of a family's year-round food needs."

The letter "respectfully" encourages Mrs Obama to recognise the role
played by conventional agriculture in feeding America's growing
population and is carefully worded not to be provocative.

But Bonnie McCarvel, the MACA executive director, was not so
diplomatic in an e-mail forwarding the letter to MACA supporters and
members, in which she said: "While a garden is a great idea, the
thought of it being organic made (us) shudder."

More than 100,000 people have signed an online petition supporting Mrs
Obama and asking MACA to stop its "propaganda about pesticides".

"Stop asserting that the First Lady is somehow disserving our nation's
citizens by encouraging them to grow their own food locally,
sustainably and without your industry's chemicals," the petition says.
"We know better and you should, too."

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