In light of last week’s San Francisco Superior Court ruling on the Healthy San Francisco plan, I think we should take take Michael Pollan’s nonfiction hit The Omnivore’s Dilemma a step further.
The Golden Gate Restaurant Association contested the portion of the Healthy San Francisco Plan which requires the city’s employers with more than 50 workers to provide health coverage or pay an assessment to the city, which would then give employees access to the city’s network of medical services. Healthy San Francisco aims to provide health coverage to the city’s 82,000 uninsured residents. The GGRA won the first round, meaning that approximately 26,000 middle-income workers will remain uninsured — and presumably many of those are also toiling over the range, serving up food, greeting guests and washing dishes.
The association’s website claims it has more than 800 members. Clicking through, I’d say it included about 600 restaurants, including uniquely San Francisco gems like The Slanted Door, Green’s and Citizen Cake and chain restaurants such as Hooters, Pasta Pomodoro and Il Fornaio.
The trend among the health conscious is knowing the origins of food: where it comes from, what impact its production had on the environment, whether it had to travel far to arrive at your table.
Let’s make part of that “knowing,” discovering whether the food is served by someone who has access to a doctor when they need it (and can afford it). And if it isn’t? We have the ability to walk away.