Despite Obamas’ shift to vegetables, lawns not useless

By Don Davis, Lynchburg News Advance

It was lawns versus vegetables in a recent newspaper story about the new 1,100-square-foot garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

The Obamas were praised by a Boston Globe columnist for planting vegetables and getting rid of the lawn. She called lawns a “populist enemy” and a “useless patch.” She mentioned the Edible Estates project, “whose goal is to begin replacing the domestic front lawn.”

The truth is that everyone involved would benefit if more of us gave up part of our lawns and grew some food. Another truth is that lawns are not useless.

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