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Government Regulation in the Food Biz

  • Reversing a longtime trend, cities are relaxing their zoning rules to encourage farming by private companies or non-profit groups. For example, the Chicago City Council has decided to set no limit to the size of urban farms, will permit produce sales in residential areas, and relax parking & fencing regulations in business and commercial districts.
  • While New York City has blocked Walmart’s efforts to open stores within the five boroughs because of the company’s anti-union activities and “category killer” reputation, the city’s shoppers are voting with their feet: sales at Walmarts outside New York City will jump 10% this year to $215MM with Manhattan residents making up over 25% of that total.[1]

[1] Source: Crain’s New York Business.

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