Sunday, March 22, 2009

I don't want to be negative, but...

Korean politics and the management of same are hard to take seriously.

Recently, a law against junk food being sold within 200 m of schools came into effect.

However, the list of outlawed foodstuffs ― those high in calories and low on nutrition ― has yet to be decided, but noodles and fried chicken have already been removed.

So, the law took effect today, but the specific contents of the law are still unknown. It sounds a lot like the early days of the immigration requirements for E-2 visas. There were new requirements in place, but no one knew exactly what they were.

Now, have noodles and fried chicken been removed from school areas or been removed from the provisions of the law? I have no axe to grind either way, it's just confusing grammar. I figured junk food would include chocolate, well, anything, and most soft drinks. There might well be discussion over Powerade and the like; so-called health drinks with who knows much sugar and the like in them. Fried chicken seems a little high-end for snacking kids.


Brian said...

I vaguely remember hearing about this before but didn't pay any attention. The health of children is important, and kids in both Korea and the US eat way too much junk. In Korea's case it's because the kids have no time to eat a proper meal . . . gee, I wonder why that is.

But, did the government consider how many people they'll put out of business with this? I mean, outside of every school I've worked at there are little mom n' pop marts. They just put in an "American Hot Dog" across from one of them---haven't tried it yet---and little vendors of street food set up shop every day around quitting time. What are these shopkeepers going to do?

kwandongbrian said...

Come-on, Brian; these places can sell apples now. Don't defend these enablers.

Yes, that was sarcasm.

I remember hearing that an American state that included a large ketchup factory tried to get ketchup to be considered a vegetable and so count as such on food guides (you know, eat 3-5 servings of vegetables per day,..).

I would expect, at local and national levels, businesses to try to game the system in similar ways. Chocolate bars are out, but chocolate bars with a sandwich and drink are part of a 'balanced mea'. Hey, it worked for cereal.

Anonymous said...

The fast food restaurant I frequent is less than 200m away from an elementary school. In all the years I've frequented that establishment, I've never seen a kid older than 4 years old there. Most of the customers seem to be 20 something housewives and office workers.