It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

Did you hear? The Obamas are planting an organic garden on the White House lawn. Of course you’ve heard, but did you know it’s happening right now as I type this. USA Today has a photo of Michelle Obama breaking ground.

If you’d like to send a message to the Obamas thanking them for leading by example with this garden, Eat the View has an easy way for you to do it.

Alibaba.com has a list of 10 why it’s important now to support organic.

1. Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies

Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. With only 0.5 percent of crop and pasture land in organic, according to USDA that leaves 99.5 percent of farm acres in the U.S. at risk of exposure to noxious agricultural chemicals.

Our bodies are the environment so supporting organic agriculture doesn't just benefit your family, it helps all families live less toxically.

Click here to read the full story.

Examiner.com has 10 popular food trends for this year. Some aren’t surprising like cooking at home or eating locally grown foods. But here’s one I hadn’t heard of.

Underground Restaurants - a clandestine concept gaining some popularity.  Have to be "in the know" where and when these mobile food trailers are serving today to locate them.
Click here to read the full story.

Finally, a little local plug. South Jersey Restaurant Week begins on Sunday. Area chefs will be offering four course meals for very reasonable prices.

For those of you unfamiliar with the region, South Jersey has some excellent independently owned restaurants, many of them BYO, with top-notch chefs. Many of the same restaurants that participate in this week also participate in a Farm-to-Table week in late summer where they support local farmers.

My absolute favorite of all the fine restaurants participating? The Tortilla Press.

Image: Matt Callow

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