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Mayoral Food Policy

April 4, 2007

According to an article in today’s New York Times, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “has taken on more food issues, and provoked more controversy, than any New York mayor before him.” The piece explores Mayor Bloomberg’s past and present food policies, highlighting such actions as banning smoking in restaurants, banning trans fat, improving school lunches, and, most recently, forcing restaurants to post calorie counts on menus. Executive Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Joel Berg, is quoted, “The tools are now all in place to achieve significant progress, but it depends on whether the city decides to use the tools…It took Nixon to go to China, maybe it’ll take a Republican billionaire to have real progress on hunger and poverty.”

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