State Sen. Judith Zaffirini
State Sen. Rodney Ellis
The only problem is that that problem doesn’t actually exist.
State Rep. Ryan Gullien
“[T]wo new studies have found something unexpected. Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too. And there is no relationship between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and obesity among its children and adolescents…
[S]tudies lending support to the idea tended to be limited by methodological difficulties.
For example, some researchers looked at neighborhood food outlets but did not have data on how fat residents were. Others examined small areas, like part of a single city and extrapolated to the entire nation. Others had a different problem. They looked at much bigger areas like ZIP codes, which include people of diverse incomes, making it hard to know what happened in pockets of poverty within those regions.
Some researchers counted only fast food restaurants and large supermarkets, missing small grocers who sold produce. Some tallied food outlets per 1,000 residents, which made densely populated urban areas appear to have fewer places per person to buy food. A more meaningful measure, Dr. Lee said, is the distance to the nearest stores.”
State Rep. Borris Miles
State Rep. Lon Burnam
As of now, the market is working. Healthy food is already available to those in “food deserts,” even if large, established grocery store chains aren’t in the area. And with studies showing a lack of a correlation between “food deserts” and obesity, these bills are completely unwarranted.
Grocery Store Revolving Loan Bills
SB 403 by Zaffirini
SB 415 by Ellis
HB 725 by Guillen
HB 3616 by Burnam