Sturm also questions the contention that proximity to supermarkets necessarily improves diets — or sales of fresh produce, saying that if having a supermarket within a mile of your house makes you eat fresh fruits and vegetables, “By the same logic, supermarkets also make you drink soda.”
He does rightly agree that supermarkets provide more food variety and more options for eating healthily but cautions against seeing more supermarkets as a way to address the obesity epidemic.
Changing priorities in federal food policy has put the fresh produce industry in an enviable position compared to marketers of meat and many processed foods.
Having Americans be urged to make your product half their meal as official government policy is where you want to be.
But government recommendations can only go so far in actually making the changes they urge become reality.
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