Last month, I attended "back-to-school night" at my four-year-old’s preschool, where the teacher spelled out my daughter’s curriculum for the school year. Not only did she inform me that my kid would be learning eight languages plus calculus by the time Christmas rolls around; she also told me that I should not pack her lunch box with cookies, chips, or sugary juice boxes, as that would be a major Montessori faux pas. (Personally, I’m surprised they don’t have an organic chef on staff, given how much I’m dishing out in tuition.)
If you live in a major city, where corner stores stock fresh fruit and vegetables, not to mention vegan cookies, you might never know that huge swaths of the U.S. population have little access to affordable and nutritious food. A new online tool launched by the USDA brings that reality into sharp focus, pinpointing America’s “food deserts” (shown in pink)--tracts where residents lack access to large grocery stores.
This past weekend, while President Obama snarled Manhattan traffic to attend the first session of the 65th annual United Nations General Assembly, First Lady Michelle Obama took the spouses of visiting dignitaries out of town on a field trip. The group of 30 headed to Potantico Hills, New York, home of Stone Barns, the 80-acre farm and education center that's home to Dan Barber's Blue Hill restaurant. The FLOTUS also presented the spouses with a unique gift: A basket of goods harvested from the White House garden.