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I was afraid of this

After Chicago's ban on foie gras, and New York's anti-trans fat movement, here comes Los Angeles with zoning restrictions on fast food:

Food Apartheid from Slate


I'd love to see healthier alternatives available, but educational outreach -- teaching people how to prepare healthier food in a way that saves time (that's crucial - many of the working poor work two jobs) and on a budget -- would be a far preferable solution. Autonomous adults are perfectly capable of ordering a salad at any of the fast food chains. Whether they choose to do so or not is their decision, but that decision is better influenced by real hands-on education than by a paternalistic zoning law. The community would be better served by people going into the neighborhoods and holding short cooking demonstrations of meals made with economically possible options.

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theano
Aug. 1st, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
While I agree that the ban is OTT, education about preparation may not be enough. In many poorer neighborhoods, stores simply don't carry reasonable healthy ingredients at reasonable prices. Ever try to prepare something healthy using only what you can buy at quikEmart?

And hi! How are you doing? It's been a loooong time since I've been on LJ. I thought I'd try to reawaken my activity here......

pointedview
Aug. 2nd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see you back on LiveJournal!

I have actually done something similar to trying to prepare something healthy based on what you can buy from QuikEMart. I was a vegetarian back in college for several years, and the options within walking distance of campus were very limited. You're right that it's far from easy. Ironically, when I was able to get to a grocery store, it seems like veggies were so much cheaper then than they are now, even factoring in inflation and fuel prices. I remember when I could buy everything I needed for gazpacho for under $10.
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