Which leads to today's discussion of supply and demand.
Remember the song, "Nashville Cats" by the Loving Spoonful?
Yeah, I was just thirteen, you might say I was aSo it goes with healthy foods. 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.
Musical proverbial knee-high
When I heard a couple new-sounding tunes on the tubes
And they blasted me sky-high
And the record man said
'Every one is a yellow Sun Record from Nashville"*
And up north there ain't nobody buys them
And I said, "But I Will"
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.
* Actually Sun Records was located in Memphis but Memphis Cats didn't sound right.