An Organic Vegetable Garden at the White House? Really?
"Is a Food Revolution Now In Season?" asks Andrew Martin in the Business section of Saturday's New York Times. Apparently, everyone from Michelle Obama, to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, to boar-hunting noble savage Michael Pollan, to celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow are on the bandwagon, but I'm afraid I'll have to see it to believe it.
Predictably, the v-word goes unmentioned, but I suppose it would be curmudgeonly not to celebrate the widespread public favor that organic produce is currently enjoying. When we applaud the slow food movement, however, let's see to it that we take care to frame compassion for animals as a central part of the story. "Sustainability" in and of itself is not enough, as some of the more prophetic voices in our movement have reminded us.