February 6th, 2012

Abolish the Food Industry

By Raj Patel
The Atlantic

In the fall of 2008, San Francisco polished its progressive credentials by banning something. From October 1, 2008, the sale of cigarettes was prohibited in certain places. You could still buy them in convenience stores, of course, and bodegas, gas stations, and even the occasional bar. But the city thought that perhaps it was a bad idea to allow them to be sold in pharmacies. As the city attorney, Dennis Herrera, put it: “Consumers—and especially young people—should reasonably expect pharmacies to serve their health needs, not to enable our leading cause of preventable death.”

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