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Eating Right?

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Phrases like “real food” and “farm-to-table” may sound like elitist jargon tossed around at upscale restaurants. But the country’s top chefs, several of whom traveled to Washington for Obama’s inauguration this week, hope that Obama’s flair for good food will encourage people to expand their horizons when it comes to what they eat.

These chefs tout locally grown, environmentally friendly and — most importantly — nutritious food. They urge diners, even those who may never be able to afford to eat at their restaurants, to grow their own vegetables, shop at farmer’s markets and pay attention to where their food comes from.

Dan Barber, chef at New York’s popular Blue Hill restaurant and a frequent critic of the country’s food policy, says a few small gestures from the president and first lady Michelle Obama could accomplish what many of the chefs have been working toward for years.

Many high-end chefs like Barber believe that most food in the United States is over-processed, over-subsidized and grown with no regard to the environment, making it harder for small farms to make a profit selling more natural, nutritious food.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he will seek to work “with those who seek programs and practices that lead to more nutritious food produced in a sustainable way.”

Oh heart be still! Is there more folks jumping on the bandwagon to healthier foods? Most chefs have always bought from the local farmers for their menus yet we, the people cannot visit such establishments due to the cost of the meal. However, we can visit our own local farms to ensure what hits our dinner table is natural, nutritious food.


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  1. whamx.com Says:

    Eating Right? | Forced Green…

    Phrases like “real food” and “farm-to-table” may sound like elitist jargon tossed around at upscale restaurants….

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  3. Geri a local SEO Says:

    I am not real confident that Tom Vilsack is the man who should be running this agency. He appears to close to the Ag lobby to be effective… Only time will tell.

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  4. Bob Says:

    I always go to the farmers market, great prices and you just can’t beat the taste, and healthy to boot.

    Bobs last blog post..The Saskatchewan (Buzzard Coulee) Meteorite

  5. PassionateGreen Says:

    Obama may have a penchant for good food … but he still eats a lot of meat as far as I can tell. And meat ain’t green, as I always say! lol

    Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. That post about Obama’s first acts took me some time to compile, but I really wanted to know what he has done, and I figured if I was curious other people probably would be as well. I couldn’t find all of that info in one list, so now it is. 🙂

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