Seattle is evaluating its food security with a proposed resolution, the Local Food Action Initiative, which may transform the flow of food to city residents. According to an article in the Seattle P-I:
Winning raves from some activists as ‘visionary,’ the ‘Local Food Action Initiative’ offers goals as lofty as they are sweeping: racial and social justice, environmental sustainability, improved public health, economic development and more.
Almost no area of city government is excluded by this pet project of Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, which aims to curtail obesity, hunger and waste while improving access to and demand for fresh, more healthful foods.
Some of the goals of the initiative include “increased reliance on local resources, minimized energy use, an improved food emergency preparedness plan, and promotion of healthful food alternatives, especially among low-income communities.”
The initiative passed a City Council committee vote on Tuesday (after the provision that might have restricted fast-food restaurant development had been removed) but not unanimously. Councilman Richard McIver voted against the initiative, saying it would create a “nanny state.”
A well-fed nanny state, no doubt.