Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Oh great.

San Francisco Targets Artery-Clogging Trans Fats

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to begin a City Hall push to get artery-clogging trans fats out of the food served in San Francisco restaurants.

With the approval of the city's leading restaurateurs' association, the board voted unanimously to institute a voluntary program in which restaurants that pledge to cook without trans fats will receive a decal that can be displayed to let customers know their food is being prepared without partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

The legislation's author, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, said the next step is to make the ban mandatory
. (emphasis mine)

I was totally behind the ban on styrofoam, as well as the ban on petroleum-based shopping bags. I recognize the logic in having to force people to do the right thing for the planet because it's here for everyone, and also because there are a hell of a lot of selfish and smug good for nothings in the Bay Area -- SF in particular -- who will not walk the walk when it really comes down to it.

I hate trans fats and find it disconcerting when they are used when there are better alternatives out there. I don't even mind the voluntary decal -- I think that's great. But c'mon! A mandatory ban? Education is fine, but after that people should be responsible for their own individual health. If someone still eats a donut after being told it will make them fat and clog their arteries (like I do*) well, that's their choice.

*only when I can't find The People's Donut. So good.

Hey San Francisco Board of Supervisors: isn't there a path of potholes on Duboce or a homeless crack addict robbing a tourist or someone defecating in the Civic Center BART station that needs attending to?

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