Same story I linked to last week but now the mainstream press has picked it up, and San Francisco Chronicle’s Debra Saunders isn’t impressed with her idiot neighbors: the ban on plastic grocery bags is making people sick. Two items of note – first, the study examined the health of residents of San Francisco and apologists for the ban say that it’s unfair to blame the bags for the bugs their resident population of fudge packers pick up in their intestinal system. I’m not making this up – here’s the exact quote:
If the professors had consulted with an epidemiologist, they would have understood how the city’s unique demographics contribute to specific intestinal issues.
Er, ..eewww? Second, remember those energy savings? Here’s how advocates of the cloth bags say to take care of them:
Designate specific bags for meats and fish. Wash these bags regularly – preferably after each shopping trip – to get rid of bacteria. If your bag is fabric, toss it in the washing machine with jeans, and if it’s a plastic material, let it soak in a basin filled with soapy water and either the juice of half a lemon or about a quarter cup of vinegar.
Does that sound like saving energy saving to you? How you heating that wash water, thunder brains?
Ask your friends and family how many of them regularly wash their reusable bags – ask how many folks ever have done any of the above steps – and you can intuit that a ban on plastic bags might not be the brightest idea.
California politicians didn’t even bother studying the possible health effects of their anti-bag laws. They were in such a hurry to tell their constituents what’s best for them, they forgot to check how their busybody scheme might go wrong.
Other things wrong with the ban
– It’s another nanny state law that coerces law-abiding shoppers to change their conduct.
– Single-use bags are not the problem. In 2011, they represented 0.13 percent of California’s total waste stream.
– According to the British Environment Agency, consumers have to reuse a cloth bag 131 times to present lesser global warming impact than conventional bags.
And washing them wears them out.