A significant expansion of Minneapolis' 2008 staple foods ordinance takes effect April 1st. The new ordinance includes more categories of food that stores are required to stock, and sets minimum quantities in each category.
Some are heralding the change, saying it's a step in the right direction to improve access to healthy food for residents in lower income neighborhoods. Many of these neighborhoods do not have traditional grocery stores, and residents rely on smaller markets - like corner stores and gas stations - for their food.
Others say the ordinance puts an unfair burden on smaller stores, and that demand simply doesn't exist for these foods.
The "others" are wrong. And the rest of America will eventually follow.
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