Food Independence Day

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - It's the day Americans celebrate the land of the free, and now a man from Maine wants governors to live off that land.

A sustainable food advocate who campaigned for the Obamas to plant a garden at the White House has now received pledges from several governor's offices to feature local foods on their July Fourth menus.

The choice range from from Maine lobster to South Dakota pheasant jerky to milkshakes made with Montana huckleberries.

Roger Doiron said he was inspired to lobby governors to promote locally grown food after a patch of White House lawn was turned into an organic vegetable garden this spring.

He says the governors can now do their part to promote locally grown, sustainable food. He is branding the effort "Food Independence Day."
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