Happy Meal Ban on San Francisco's Plate Today
|Will we hear from them during public comment? How about the Fry Guys?|
The "Healthy Food Incentives Ordinance" gets its first public airing today at the Land Use and Economic Development Committee meeting. McDonald's is planning a publicity blitz both prior to and during today's 1 p.m. meeting -- and has taken out a full-page ad in the Chronicle. In San Francisco, however, a billion-dollar corporation expressing righteous indignation may be just the approach to push locals into supporting truly questionable legislation.
|You! Cut it out!|
That isn't mentioned within Mar's legislation. But this curious statistic is: "According to 2003-2004 data, San Franciscans consume over one-third of their food, as measured by weight, at fast food and pizza restaurants."
Update, 5:30 p.m.: After more than three hours of discussion, the item was continued to next week. Linshao Chin, a legislative aide for Mar, noted the following four amendments to the legislation:
- The required vegetable serving has been lowered from 3/4 of a cup to half a cup;
- A requirement that no item in the meal exceed 200 calories was nixed;
- A 'mulitgrain amendment' was added;
- A requirement mandating breakfasts to have half a cup of fruit and half a cup of vegetables was lowered to just requiring fruit.
"Typically, many people might not eat vegetables for breakfast," explains Chin. She notes, however that potatoes are a vegetable, and there is no requirement on how potatoes must be cooked -- but says that no one is suggesting french-fried potatoes are a vegetable. Well, odder things have happened.
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