Monday, September 10, 2007

Zoned: NFF-1

LA is considering putting a moratorium on fast food restaurants in South LA - a portion of the city with a disproportionate number of fast food establishments per capita, as well as more obesity per capita.

"'The people don't want them, but when they don't have any other options, they may gravitate to what's there,' said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who proposed the ordinance in June, and whose district includes portions of South L.A. that would be affected by the plan."
So, apparently, people don't want to eat at fast food joints, but they do because there aren't other options . . . right.
"'While limiting fast-food restaurants isn't a solution in itself, it's an important piece of the puzzle,' said Mark Vallianatos, director of the Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College."

"This is 'bringing health policy and environmental policy together with land-use planning,' he said. 'I think that's smart, and it's the wave of the future.'"
As Fark would say, "This should end well."
"Fast-food restaurants haven't missed the cue: From their menus, diners can choose salads over burgers, yogurts over shakes and grilled over fried these days. And many food manufacturers have reconfigured their recipes to eliminate trans fats, the most unhealthful unsaturated fats made of partially hydrogenated oils."
So, do people choose those options when they are presented with them or do they keep buying the worse-for-you burgers and fries? If the answer is the later, guess what will happen when they are presented with establishments that sell nothing but better-for-you food.
"The state enacted legislation last year to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables to be sold in corner stores in lower-income communities.

Rep. Mary Bono (R-Palm Springs) introduced a bill in Congress in June that, among other things, would try to increase the availability of nutritious foods in economically depressed areas."
So, when these don't actually end up doing any good, will the problem be lack of funding?


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