Thursday, July 09, 2009

Arranging deck chairs on the Titanic

Is this The Onion or is this real?

From the city of San Francisco................
He's already banned spending city money to buy bottled water and mandated composting citywide. Now, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is taking on something as basic as water and trash: food.

Newsom on Wednesday issued an executive directive he hopes will dramatically change how San Franciscans eat.

All city departments have six months to conduct an audit of unused land - including empty lots, rooftops, windowsills and median strips - that could be turned into community gardens or farms that could benefit residents, either by working at them or purchasing the fresh produce. Food vendors that contract with the city must offer healthy and sustainable food. All vending machines on city property must also offer healthy options, and farmers' markets must begin accepting food stamps, although some already do.

The mayor will send an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors within two months mandating that all food served in city jails, hospitals, homeless shelters and community centers be healthy.

And effective immediately, no more runs to the doughnut shop before meetings and conferences held by city workers. Instead, city employees must use guidelines created by the Health Department when ordering food for meetings.

Examples include cutting bagels into halves or quarters so people can take smaller portions and serving vegetables instead of potato chips.

You can't make this stuff up.

thanks to reader Jeremy.



becbeq said...

Wouldn't it be cheaper to just let these folks know that space is available? I think using that space for gardening is a great idea, I just wouldn't want to spend taxpayer money on it.

Oh, and I want the WHOLE bagel, thank you very much.

gordon gekko said...

With the cream cheese!