There is still a great deal of concern about the food desert in Weinland Park and resident access to healthy and nutritious foods. While it’s true that the average carryout may not have a lot of vegetables, and most don’t have a lot of food unless you count cigarettes, chips, and beer as food there is always the new Kroger’s and the old Kroger’s too.  But, speaking  in the spirit of the urban agrarian overlay, sometimes you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. And this is an aspect of the food desert that isn’t mentioned. It’s not that there is a lack of healthy and nutritious food in Weinland Park, it’s just very few people buy it.*  After all, Weinland Park even had an organic grocery store for a time. So, even if you build it will they come? And if they come will they eat at the vegan concession stand featuring only non-oppressed fare?

In Philadelphia they have hit on a solution, the soda tax. Rather than spend $865,000 on planning for growing food why not make currently available healthy and nutritious foods more attractive by taxing the ones that cause the public health issues.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/go-philly/?hp?hp

And if you think it’s unfair to use taxation as a social behavioral tool be pure and don’t use your mortgage interest deduction this month.

*Your local blogger is also very guilty and should also eat more vegetables, fewer Big Macs, and stop thinking that Mountain Dew is a staple food.

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