There are likely more Monsanto folks in government now as this graphic is a bit dated, but it makes an important point. Some believe Monsanto is the most crony company in the world.
Mmmm. Food truck pork.
Foodies in the Lone Star State rejoice.
Food trucks are a gift to humanity. Some of the best food one will ever get, and some of the most interesting, is cooked in trucks. In DC for instance one can get very good Thai, Ethiopian, Mexican, burgers, kebab, and a million other types of food all within walking distance of each other and at very reasonable prices.
I despise parking tickets primarily because they are such a racket. Washington DC, the major city in which I drive regularly collects tens of millions of dollars in parking ticket fines each year. If one visits DC keep an eye out for the folks in the red jackets. They’ll answer your questions and give you directions but they are also patrolling the streets looking to fine drivers.
I’ll grant you that there are legitimate reasons for parking tickets.
This is just an obvious example of established interests using city hall to take out the competition.
Food trucks are great. They can provide good and often interesting food quickly and with little fuss. One can get a high quality meal more quickly and at even a lower price than one could get at Wendy’s or Burger King in many places. Believe it or not DC is actually one of those places and I stop by the gathering of trucks outside of Metrocenter now and then.
In other news Phillip Morris is sponsoring the Olympic marathon team. (Not really.)
I like a good cold Coke on a hot summer day as much as the next person, but the stuff isn’t healthy. Not that it need be for Coke to sponsor the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but there is some dissonance there.
Sugar is not unlike a drug in many respects. Some people think it is a drug. For some people it can be addictive like a drug that’s for sure.
Now way! The government planners/gurus were wrong? They’re never wrong.
This reminds me of another article which we ran years ago about Apple. The article was also from Politico and basically amounted to a warning to the profitable company – “Throw some money to the lobbyists, or else.”
This article isn’t as heavy handed, indeed it may be a straight report, not a threat.
But that some of these newer, more innovative food companies are not “paying to play” clearly irks some within the Washington political class.
I personally am a big fan of Chipotle. And there ain’t no such thing as a free burrito bowl.
This is how it works folks. Nothing is free. Everything has a cost. Just because the government says that a price (in this case wages) will be be X doesn’t mean that the real price of a good or service is actually X. The REAL price is X minus the government mandated price increase.
Food, street food especially, is one of life’s great pleasures. Though I am no particular fan of churros, I am a fan of the people who peddle them. Even without a license. Such economic activity is capitalism at its best and most basic level. And it is how many relatively poor people have made ends meet in the city for eons.
Hey, so what if money went from your pocket into the pocket of a billionaire “farmer” thanks to a government subsidy? What’s wrong with that? You know what they say, it takes money to siphon money. Maybe you should get a move on and become a billionaire too.
Sugar, we all love it. Even if we don’t eat piles of candy we Americans still injest loads of it in our other foods, bread, other processed foods, soda, juice, in our morning coffee. The USA has a sweet tooth and it’s costing us. Literally.
Sugar is a highly subsidized commodity.
Every time we post a story on crop subsidies there are at least a few people out there who jump up and down and swear that taxpayers paying to subsidize farmers (really agribusiness) isn’t welfare.
“I’ll have a quarter pounder medium well done while I watch the sun set over the mountains.”
You sure can, and lots else besides.
With mobile computing markets for practically everything are much more dynamic and useful for the average person.