Seeding change?

April 13, 2009 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment

Quote of the week, what USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said while helping Michelle Obama and a group of elementary school students plant the First Seeds in the First Veggie Garden:

“We’re going to try to make it so your meals are even better tasting and better for you than they have been….It is now the job of USDA and the administration to make sure that Congress gives us the resources, which I believe they will, to make sure that as we grow these fruits and vegetables, youngsters have access to them in their daily diets and that youngsters understand how important it is to have fruits and vegetables on their plate,” Vilsack said.

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, which funds the School Lunch Program, is under review by Congress this session and Vilsack is lobbying for new funds to be budgeted to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Now imagine what a boost it would be to local economies if the fresh produce came from local farms.

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