In last Sunday's issue of the New York Times Magazine--called The Food Issue--Michael Pollan makes a great case for installing an organic garden on the Whitehouse lawn where President & Mrs. Obama can do some weeding in full view of the world. What an example that would set!
He also suggests the feds define the concept of food and nix the foodstamp-purchase of items that are devoid of any actual food product...currently the case with tobacco and alcohol, whereas candy and sodas made exclusively with chemicals and over-processed sweeteners are still considered food. On the other hand, he says, double the value of food stamps if they are used at farmer's markets!
PLEASE read this article, even though it is the length of a novelette. It is SO important and so creative and common-sensical in its ideas.
If you don't have a free account with NYTimes and can't log in to link above, you can also see the piece via the Huffington Post Green page here.