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Obama Talks Up Local Food, School Lunches, And Setting Up A Farmers Market Outside The White House

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At President Obama's interactive health care strategy meeting on Thursday, the President was asked about healthy eating and how he and his family keeps so fit. Obama went on to praise the idea of getting local foods in schools, and even said he wanted a farmers market right outside the White House.

Read the excerpt of his answer below:


When it comes to food, one of the things that we are doing is

working with school districts. And the child nutrition legislation is

going to be coming up. We provide an awful lot of school lunches out

there and -- and reimburse local school districts for school-lunch

programs. Let's figure out how can we get some fresh fruits and

vegetables in the mix. Because sometimes you go into schools and --

you know what the menu is, you know? It's French fries, Tater Tots,

hot dogs, pizza and -- now, that's what kids -- let's face it, that's

what kids want to eat, anyway. (Laughter.) So it's not just the

schools' fault.

A, that's what kids may want to eat. B, it turns out that that

food's a lot cheaper, because of the distributions that we've set up.

And so what we've got to do is to change how we think about, for

example, getting local farmers connected to school districts, because

that would benefit the farmers, delivering fresh produce, but right

now they just don't have the distribution mechanisms set up.

So, you know, Michelle set up that garden in the White House?

One of the things that we're trying to do now

is to figure out, can we get a little farmers' market -- outside of

the White House -- I'm not going to have all of you all just tromping

around inside -- (laughter) -- but right outside the White House --

(laughter) -- so that -- so that we can -- and -- and -- and that is a

win-win situation.

It gives suddenly D.C. more access to good, fresh food, but it also is

this enormous potential revenue-maker for local farmers in the area.

And -- and that -- those kinds of connections can be made all

throughout the country, and -- and has to be part of how we think

about health.

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