07/01/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Why Michelle Obama Should Break Out The Whisk

UNTIL recently, Michelle Obama had carried out a seamless effort to get Americans to think about eating locally grown foods. By planting an organic vegetable garden at the White House and inviting schoolchildren to help sow the seeds (metaphor intended, surely), she made a bold statement: I'm going to eat in a healthful way and so should you. Consuming locally grown foods could mitigate problems like childhood obesity and the environmental harm caused by agribusiness. And Mrs. Obama -- as a popular first lady with two children and roots in the working class -- is the right person to lead the charge.

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