Friday, February 29, 2008

City Council Victory in Push for Green Carts

City Council voted 37 to 9 on Wednesday, February 27th to approve the Green Carts bill, which will provide permits for 1,000 produce vending carts in neighborhoods that currently lack access to fresh produce. Vendors will be allowed to sell in 34 police precincts where the need for fresh fruits and vegetables is greatest. Though the bill faced opposition from small grocers who feared competition from cart vendors, supporters cited an increased rate of obesity and diabetes in neighborhoods without produce access. Council Speaker Christine Quinn declared the bill “a huge step forward in our battle against obesity and it's a huge step forward in our efforts to combat hunger in New York." Mayor Bloomberg plans to sign the legislation, and Reuters claims that the carts may roll out as soon as the Spring.

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