Here is some cray shit from Don Surber:
From the Baltimore Sun: Report: One in four Baltimore residents live in ‘food deserts’.
Which leads to today’s discussion of supply and demand.
In the food-stamp heavy districts of urban America, stores carry potato chips and tons of other read-to-eat foods, but no actual potatoes, carrots, or green leafy substances that are not smoked.
That is because stores are not museums. They stock the things people buy. Food stamp recipients buy junk food over healthy food.
Instead of shaming people who use taxpayer money to buy junk food, we get this nonsense:
One in four Baltimore residents lives in a “food desert,” according to a new study released Wednesday by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who pledged to improve access to affordable and healthy food.
In the 2015 Food Environment Map Report, researchers defined food deserts as areas where distance to a supermarket exceeds a quarter-mile; the median household income is at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level; more than 30 percent of households lack a vehicle; and there’s a low score on the so-called healthy food availability index.
“We’ve never analyzed the food environment at this level before,” Rawlings-Blake said, calling the report a “monumental step forward” in making Baltimore a healthier city. “I know that we can increase access to healthy and affordable foods as we move forward to dismantle this inequality in our city.”
The study, by the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, found that children are disproportionately affected, with one in every three living in a food desert. The study also found that African-Americans have less access to quality food.”When we look at many of our neighborhoods, there are life-expectancy disparities as much as 20 years,” Rawlings-Blake said.
Rawlings-Blake said she is confident the report will become a national model for food access reform.
The best food access program would be prohibiting food stamps from buying potato chips and other snacks.
I seem to recall that the City of Baltimore had other, more pressing problems than “food deserts”. In fact, it recently had two CVS pharmacies looted and burned. Riots, a skyrocketing crime rate, urban decay, unemployment,and poverty are just a few of the problems in Baltimore. When the Freddie Gray persecutions collapse the city is gonna explode.
I guess it’s just a coinky-dink that the mayor of Baltimore is an ambitious black woman Democrat and that healthy food is the chosen cause of our current FLOTUS.
Old Cecil Calvert must be spinning in his grave from what they are doing to the town named after him.
BTW – Go to any urban “food desert” in this country and you will have no problem finding stores that sell alcohol and tobacco, despite the fact that both products are heavily regulated, restricted and taxed the shit out of.