Michelle Obama appeared on Iron Chef America last Sunday to promote healthy eating. Ever since she planted that organic garden last year, she has become a spokesperson for eating your vegetables and therefore a lightning rod for controversy. The White House communications office reached out to Iron Chef to get the First Lady and the White House chef on the show's premiere episode.
The White House garden reportedly produced about 80 pounds of vegetables, and some of the lettuce was used in salads at the state dinner honoring the president of India. The White House garden became a target of chemical-industry flacks and right-wing conspiracy theorists who uncovered more evidence of the Obama family's limousine liberalism every time Michelle dug up a turnip.
In a hilarious interview on the Daily Show, Jeffrey Stier, associate director of the pesticide-friendly American Council on Science and Health, warned of the damage Michelle Obama was doing to our country and of organic food's health risks.
"I think the Obama garden should come with a warning label," Stier said. "It's irresponsible to tell people that you should have to eat organic and locally grown food. Not everyone can afford that. That's a serious public health concern. People are going to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. Cancer rates will go up. Obesity rates will go up. I think if we decide to eat only locally grown food, we're going to have a lot of starvation."
Stier couldn't seem to make up his mind on whether obesity or starvation was the bigger threat.