Closing Thought–07Jan20

We are always looking for someone to blame for the poor nutrition of our children…..and we have found a new foes….Dollar Stores…..

This latest front in the food wars has emerged over the last few years. Communities like Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Fort Worth, Birmingham, and Georgia’s DeKalb County have passed restrictions on dollar stores, prompting numerous other communities to consider similar curbs. New laws and zoning regulations limit how many of these stores can open, and some require those already in place to sell fresh food. Behind the sudden disdain for these retailers—typically discount variety stores smaller than 10,000 square feet—are claims by advocacy groups that they saturate poor neighborhoods with cheap, over-processed food, undercutting other retailers and lowering the quality of offerings in poorer communities. An analyst for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, for instance, argues that, “When you have so many dollar stores in one neighborhood, there’s no incentive for a full-service grocery store to come in.” Other critics, like the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, go further, contending that dollar stores, led by the giant Dollar Tree and Dollar General chains, sustain poverty by making neighborhoods seem run-down. “It’s a recipe for locking in poverty rather than reducing it,” an institute representative told the Washington Post early this year.

https://www.city-journal.org/banning-dollar-stores

Sorry but blaming a store is just lazy and avoids responsibility…..

We could fix the problem of children’s nutrition….make healthy food cheaper….yep it is that simple……and yet not possible in our current society.

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

12 thoughts on “Closing Thought–07Jan20

  1. Not cutting SNAP would be place to start. Regular food stores have abandoned these neighborhoods already! People with jobs for more than $15 an hour attract grocery stores!

    1. So true, GP! Maybe on the other hand its like here in Germany. Parents are spending much more money for the goods anyone can see, like cars. In difference to French people Germans are known for this. Nobody can see whats on your table, but anyone can see your big car. 😉 Michael

  2. We have similar shops here, called Pound Shops. They sell every item for £1. (or99p) But investigations constantly discover that pack sizes and weights are in fact considerably smaller. Spending 30p more in a conventional supermarket is actually better value.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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