In Food Policy This Week: 5 News Bites
- A fascinating piece from WNYC highlights the underground market for food truck permits in New York City. The permits are in extremely high demand - there is a 2,000 person waiting list, and it could take years to get the city's go-ahead to launch a new truck business. So vendors resort to paying exorbitant prices to middlemen for abandoned permits. The city is looking into new solutions to address this problem, but prominent vendors still have doubts that the black market will ever disappear.
- GOOD has a great infographic detailing the history and provisions of the Farm Bill. As the 2012 Bill continues to be discussed in Congress, and by countless concerned citizens and organizations across the country, it's important to know why the Bill is relevant to our daily lives. This easy-to-understand guide provides lots of facts and tidbits for consideration.
- A new report from the Food Chain Workers Alliance reveals some of the less savory aspects of working in the American food system. The report surveyed over 600 workers from five branches of the food system - production, processing, distribution, retail, and service. Among the abuses suffered by these workers were poor wages, low mobility, job-related injuries, and little to no break time. Food chain workers are also significantly more likely than the average working American to use Medicaid or food stamps.
- The Walt Disney Corporation announced that food products advertised on its child-friendly television channels, at its theme parks, and on its websites will have to comply with a strict set of nutritional guidelines. The measure is meant to build Disney's brand as a family-friendly company that advocates a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. Disney will also reduce the amount of sodium in the children's meals served at its theme parks.
- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to implement a more stringent food safety law in the coming weeks. The law would unify food safety efforts to lessen the number of inspection errors, increase the fines for food safety violations, and create new authorities for safety oversight. Such legislation could lessen the number of Listeria and E. Coli outbreaks, and set an example of a unified food safety model for the U.S.
About the Author: A student in Providence, Rhode Island, Leah Douglas loves learning about, talking about, reading about, and consuming food. Her work has also been featured in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine.