Back in November, Alice Waters, owner and chef of Chez Panisse restaurant, wrote an open letter to President Obama requesting that he replace the White House Lawn with a garden, a Victory Garden. This is not a new concept. Eleanor Roosevelt established a Victory Garden back in 1943, which the Department of Agriculture objected to fearing that this would hurt the food industry.
I personally think it would set a great example and hope that the Obama's will take her and others with the same request, up on their challenge.
Please Mr. President. Set the example we need.
You can read the letter at the Gourmet website here: http://www.gourmet.com/foodpolitics/2009/01/alice-waters-letter-to-barack-obama