links: philly’s soda tax, myths about homelessness debunked,and more….

I’m finally recovering from an entanglement with poison sumac. Thankfully, things have been calm this past week on all other fronts. We’re wrapping up the school year with all the end-of-school-year events, so it’s been busy.

Garden updates coming this week and maybe even some real recipes. Getting finishing touches on zine so I can get that out,too. For now, here’s some links for your weekend reading.

The Women Behind Harlem’s Farmers Markets  -“Unlike many other pockets of New York City, farmers markets in Harlem have evolved largely separate from the ubiquitous Greenmarket system. Some markets are run by a single person. They are used to educate an unhealthy zip code or attempt to transform a neglected area. But the random, scattershot and organic way they have developed proves that there is no corner in the five boroughs that wouldn’t be improved by a farmers market.”
Great profiles of these women.

Philadelphia passed a Soda Tax – The Mayor said ,”“This is the beginning of a process of changing the narrative of poverty in our city.”
There’s talk that other products will be added under this “grocery tax” measure.
These proposals always seem to me disconnected health advocates saying, “Think of the poor people!” without really thinking of the poor people.

The assumption with these taxes is that poor people consume most of the soda. Taxing those drinks will supposedly deter people from buying them and if they stop buying them, then the “obesity epidemic” among the poor will drop. There isn’t science to back this. The research says little will change and yes, it will decrease soda consumption but people will only replace those calories with other high sugar,high calorie foods. 

8 Common Myths About Homelessness – Debunked – we can’t end homelessness if we keep believing these things

California’s minimum wage victory: More to Come? – as some cities and states start raising their minimum wage, it’s quickly being realized that the minimum wage also needs to be a living wage. This is good perspective on what this means for California but applies elsewhere,too

Home Free | The New Yorker | Jun. 13, 2016 | 30 Minutes (7,588 words) – How a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system.

“I would love to see some hedge fund manager on Wall Street who might be sniffing a little cocaine here and there to stay awake realize that he can’t get his $150,000 worth of deductions unless he submits to a drug test.”


Because Caturday.


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