Fixing “food deserts”

In yet another example of nanny state government trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist, our dear comrade leader is worried that too many people live in communities without a supermarket – where they have access to, you know, healthy foods. As this article (from the American Thinker) explains, it’s all bullshit.

A “food desert” is an area without a grocery store. For example, the Mojave Desert. Food deserts have been targeted by the White House, which has budgeted $400 million dollars a year for an intrusive nanny-state solution to solve a nonexistent problem.

First Lady Michelle Obama defined the problem at the Childhood Obesity Summit at the White House on Friday, one of the four program areas of her “Let’s Move” campaign:

We can do much more to make sure that all families have access to healthy and affordable food in their own communities. Twenty-three point five million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in communities without a supermarket … So, we’re working with the private sector to reach a very ambitious goal, and that is to completely eliminate food deserts in this country.

Now that the federal government is responsible for any health problems caused by the things you put in your mouth, the federal government is obliged to intervene. If you live in a food desert where the only available choice is between fast food French fries and convenience store Twinkies, you have no choice but to eat junk food, according to the First Lady.

Consider, however, that a food desert is defined by the USDA and on the Let’s Move website as “neighborhoods that are more than a mile from a supermarket.” Stop for a second to wrap your mind around that. If your grocery store is more than a mile away, the federal government defines your community as “without a supermarket.”

Using that ridiculous measurement, that puts my own neighborhood (almost 2 miles from the nearest supermarket) and at least 10 surrounding subdivisions (hundreds of homes) in a “food desert.” Oh, my – what a travesty!

Read the whole silly f**king thing…

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2 Responses to “Fixing “food deserts””

  1. […] here) and that there are supermarkets within a mile of every “underserved” American (more here). It just warms the cockles of my heart knowing that our wonderful government cares so much about […]

  2. […] bring supermarkets and healthfood stores closer to “underserved” (poor) neighborhoods. (more here) This is supposed to address the problem of “food deserts” where a neighborhood is more […]

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