Alice Waters: a letter to Obama. [Gourmet]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 16, 2009
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While Alice Waters, one of’s idols, didn’t get her wish for a new, eco-minded White House chef, exactly, the existing chef has a solid reputation—and the Obamas might set an example and re-install a Victory Garden on the White House lawn that will serve as a resource for State Dinners. One can Hope. For Change. Ms. Waters’ letter has, however inspired nationwide discussion and foment in and out of the food-can-change-the-planet-for-the-better-or-worse-depending-on-how-we-relate-to-it crowd.


…For the last 40 years, I have been immersed in a grassroots food revolution that I believe will make a tremendous difference to the health, security, and values of all Americans. Local, affordable, nutritious food should be a right for everyone and not just a privilege for a few. At this moment in time, you have a unique opportunity to set the tone for how our nation should feed itself. The purity and wholesomeness of the Obama movement must be accompanied by a parallel effort in food at the most visible and symbolic place in America—The White House.

Knowing how quickly the most important decisions are made after the election, I would like to immediately offer my help and that of my colleagues and friends, Ruth Reichl and Danny Meyer, who were instrumental in the success of Margo Lion’s Food and Art Fundraiser in New York City. We would be honored to present ourselves as a small advisory group—a “Kitchen Cabinet” if you will—to help with your selection of a White House chef. A person with integrity and devotion to the ideals of environmentalism, health, and conservation would send a powerful message to our country: that food choices matter. Seasonal, ripe, delicious food grown in the United States would inspire your guests and nourish your family.

Of course, I cannot forget the vision I have had since 1993 of a beautiful vegetable garden on the White House lawn. It would demonstrate to the nation and to the world our priority of stewardship of the land—a true victory garden!…

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Alice Waters: a letter to Obama. [Gourmet]”

  1. admin says:

    Paul Belserene at 2:22pm January 17
    Seems to be mostly about Alice Waters by Alice Waters.

    Waylon Hart Lewis at 5:39pm January 17
    Sure, but take out the delivery and she’s talking local, seasonal, victory gardens…stuff that’d re-revolutionize our 1500 miles-per-meal American lifestyle.

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