Michele, Michele, How Does Your Garden Grow?

180px-gntvegcart225px-michelle_obama_official_portrait_headshotMichelle Obama’s garden must go or she needs to add some good American chemicals. That appears to be the view of chemical and agricultural companies who view her organic garden as a threat to the nation’s agricultural industry. Lobbyists and corporate officials have been peering over the fence in worry and disgust as the First Lady plants a dangerous seed in the minds of Americans.

Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) even wrote a letter to the First Lady after she wrote a ground of elementary school students about the heretical garden: “Fresh foods grown conventionally are wholesome and flavorful yet more economical.”

MACA, which represents agribusinesses like Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Crop Protection, does not object to the garden but the message sent by the conspicuous lack of chemicals: “We live in a very different world than that of our grandparents . . . 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.”

Something has to be come quickly before this garden bears its grotesque organic produce. It may be time for Congress to pass legislation compelling the Department of Agriculture to drench the garden with pesticides. In the meantime, lobbyists are rumored to be preparing balloons filled with a fungicide and bactericides to throw over the fence.

Michele, Michele, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With compost and mulchy shells,
And pretty lobbyists all in a row.

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22 thoughts on “Michele, Michele, How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  1. Gyges:

    did you know that there are hundreds of different potatos in Bolivia?

    I think genetic modification is a good thing as long as we can control it. But the problem is smart people usually arent as smart as they think they are and so some things move along too quickly. Ergo your statement about balance is good.

    But then again a fly fisherman likes to take his time and make sure every hole has been exhausted!

  2. Bron,

    All that being said, we grow what we can and buy from the farmer as much as possible. But that has is an out growth of our concern with quality and our economic\environmental philosophy.

    I’m worried about the a trend towards a homogeneous produce section at the bigger Supermarkets (There are more than 3 colors of bell peppers). Aside from the pure culinary considerations, while we can engineer crops resistant to the current disease, diseases change. The larger selection of crops we have to choose from the higher the chance of finding one resistant to the newest mutation. So by all means, we should continue to improve our crops but like all things, there needs to be balance.

  3. Bron and Patty,

    Unless you’re gathering wild seeds, you’re using genetically “engineered” grains and veggies. Our domesticated crops in general bear very little resemblance to their wild ancestors. Size, yield, resistance to drought, flavor, etc. have been artificially selected for since the beginning of agricultural society. The difference between modern genetic engineering and plant husbandry is essentially a question of method of selection.

    Let’s not forget that engineered crops have been a boon to many poorer regions of the world.

  4. I think Mrs. Obama has the right idea, we are going to need to have gardens to be able to have fresh vegetables once all the inflation er stimulus money takes effect.

    Actually it is a good idea. It not only provides fresh veggies and herbs but excesize as well. It is a good hobby and as Patty C says you know what you are feeding the children. I also hope that Mrs. Obama has a few chickens for fresh eggs. A true chicken egg is a thing of beauty, not anything like the store bought variety. Big dark yellow yolks and no hormones or other chemicals. Also they eat just about anything you do, except ours dont like citrus. But they do love the Chef Adeles chicken and apple sausage. So we have less organic matter that goes to the dump, I love it when capitalism and environmentalism come together.

    I disagree with Patty C on genetically modified grains, most are safe and provide food for people in areas of the world where it is hard to grow various food crops like wheat and rice and corn. Also genetically engineered plants provide medicines.

    And yes I have read of certain issues with genetically modified crops.

  5. Lindy Lou and Jill, who must be twins are both wacked…

    I farm organically and with respect to my vegetables and fruits, companionately with herbs, thereby avoiding pesticides and have done so successfully since the early 70’s…

    There has never been any barrier stopping able-bodied Americans from growing their own produce. For people who don’t have a back yard of their own, there are container gardening options and/or ‘community’ gardens.

    For the elderly, people with disabilities, or those with full schedules, there are local farms stands, in season, to support.

    Grocery stores are also always interested in locally grown produce, as well – whenever available…

    I neither cultivate nor do I purchase any genetically engineered products. I am a very picky consumer!

    Monsanto isn’t making a dime on me or my family!

  6. Well said, Jill. We Americans would love to be able to believe our government is taking care of our best interests.

    If Michelle’s little garden becomes a lightening rod for condemnation by big agribusiness, that big A should remember that there are millions upon millions of Americans who cherish their own backyard gardens and their farmers markets.

    Monsanto’s only advantage has been the lack of light shining on that snake. Let them force a showdown.

  7. LindyLou,

    Thanks for that website. I hadn’t seen it before and it looks really interesting. I see it has information on Monsanto. Monsanto is supported by private contractors paid for by the US govt. With our military backing and the full faith and credit of the US govt. they can do just about anything they want! Obama should fire Geithner, Summers, Bernake and the CEO’s of any corporation that took TARP or Fed. money. He should withdrawl military support from major corporate interests such as Monsanto.

    Mrs. Obama’s organic garden is important because it brings this information to the forefront of the public. Now the much larger problem of the entwinement of our govt. with corporations needs to be front page news as well. Otherwise, many people will have little or no food, be it chemical or organic.

  8. Jill,

    The Organic Consumers Union agrees. This was on their website in October:

    “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”- Thomas Jefferson 1802

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/bytes/ob146.cfm

    On the law side of things, I’ve always wondered how Monsanto gets away with the things they do, such as owning patents for plant DNA. There are some documentaries out about what they’ve done. Here’s a review of one of the older ones.

    http://www.cinemademerde.com/Future_of_Food.shtml

  9. Former FLEO

    Tip my aunt passed on to me when I was a boy about growing great watermelons: “you gotta put the guana to ‘um”.

    Basically loading the soil with bird sh_t.

  10. Well, as an older guy who grew up as a kid working in and around farming and agriculture, I want to know if the Obama’s are going to plant ‘that’ infamous watermelon patch as part of their organic garden and in place of the Rose Garden.

    As a great political gesture/jester to silence their yellow-bellied racial detectors, I would love it if Michelle planted some ‘yellow-meat’ watermelons–my favorite variety–that is uncommon today.

    Yessum’ they juss gotta plant some of ‘dem yeller melons….

  11. Anonymously Yours
    “And the only tools in a southerns toolbox are duck tape (not duct tape) and WD-40.”

    The WD-40 is kept in the first-aid kit to rub into aching joints. No snark- I’ve seen a lot of craft-workers use it as a pallitive.

  12. Sorry for the broken link. The story above appears on alternet but is originally from the Huffington Post. The Geithner’s plan… should be in quotes. It is the title of the piece.

  13. Mame,believe this or not some people are allergic to dirt. So it is kind of like a general warning.

    I am always amazed why we have the kill switch on the lawn mower if you release the handle it shut off or is suppose to.

    This is because some drunk decided to, yes, you guessed it, pick up the lawn mower and trim his hedges. Apparently, the blade cut his fingers off.

    I see no warnings on chairs not to stand on the top. But how many warning labels are on Ladders?

    I do think that it is good that a Home Garden is being grown at the Whitehouse. It does not surprise me that the chemical companies don’t want people to home garden. So people that are not aware that is the duplicity of being in Politics.

    This also goes along with the food and recipe channel of yesterdays posts.

    And to correct someones words that Bacon is the 4th food group. It is the only food group.

    And the only tools in a southerns toolbox are duck tape (not duct tape) and WD-40.

  14. Just reading this story,I decided to look at the”ORGANIC”potting soil that I use for my own houseplants,turns out the potting soil is not as natural as advertised.

    I didn’t really notice the caution that I should wear “Gardening Gloves” when using this “Organic Product”

    So looking up the word “ORANIC” the definition that I got goes like this:Raised or conducted without the use of drugs,hormones or synthetic chemicals.

    But there is the warning of wearing gardening gloves when using this “Organic Potting Soil”

    Interesting.

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