Video: Why Are Froot Loops Cheaper Than Real Fruit? The YouTube Video 2011: Your Interview With President Obama
Slow Food USA's Josh Viertel asks Obama a gem of a question during the YouTube Q&A session.
In an attempt to make the 2011 State of the Union address more relevant, The White House had President Obama answer questions on Thursday on YouTube.
<p> Many young people asked about jobs and education. There was a question about how to land a competitive job right out of college (2:58) and one about the current generation's "Sputnik" challenge (35:19). Obama also touched on the legalization of illicit drugs (26:01) and immigration policy (33:13) and dodged questions about predicting the Super Bowl winner (12:28) and a favorite YouTube video (16:10).</p><p> <object height="344" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=nqoeuIlaxRc&start=1851&end=1980&cid=126510"/>\n<embed allowfullscreen="true" height="344" src="http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=nqoeuIlaxRc&start=1851&end=1980&cid=126510" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"/></object></p><p> And in the segment above (30:56), Josh Viertel, Slow Food USA's president, asked why Froot Loops are cheaper than real fruit.</p><p> Obama chuckled and then went on to describe the new <a href="http://www.good.is/post/nutrition-keys-grocery-manufacturers-roll-out-new-front-of-the-package-labels/">Nutrition Keys</a> labels, the <a href="http://www.good.is/post/michelle-obama-s-let-s-move-partners-with-wal-mart/">Let's Move-Wal-Mart partnership</a>, the <a href="http://www.good.is/post/why-the-school-lunch-bill-is-a-historic-victory/">childhood nutrition bill</a>, and <a href="http://www.good.is/post/forget-urban-farms-we-need-a-wal-mart/">improved supermarket access in food desserts</a>, emphasizing the words "local," "healthier," and "cheaper."</p><p> Now, the question is whether these initiatives alone can make fruit more accessible and less expensive than sugary cereal, especially since food has become such a <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/26/AR2010112603494.html">politicized battleground</a>. What do you think? Should Obama have talked about the big picture—subsidies and the Farm Bill—which might make <a href="http://www.good.is/post/help-make-a-salad-cost-less-than-a-big-mac/">a salad less expensive than a Big Mac</a> instead?</p>
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