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In South Central LA, teenagers scarf down fast food on their way to school.

 

For me, it's good. I know it's bad but I still eat it, didn't (I).

 

And a mother who's running late drives to McDonald's to save time.

 

There's never er, any place you can go over here, to buy, er,like organic food. OK? There's no Trader Joe's over here. I'd go all the way to Torrance to Trader Joe's.

 

That's 15 miles away in LA traffic. Critics call it "food apartheid"...

 

45% of the restaurants in south LA are fast-food restaurants. That’s a pretty shocking statistic,

 

...,especially compared to the city's west side, where only 16% of restaurants serve fast food.

City Councilwoman Jan Perry is pushing for a moratorium that will stop any new fast food places from opening in South Central. She hopes to see more restaurants and grocery stores like the one about to break ground. If approved by City Council, the ban would cover 32 square miles, and some say that hurts small businesses.

Cause' we think of the big fast food chains. What happens if I decide I wanna open a hamburger joint in that area?


Joe Hicks runs an economic empowerment group. He says fast food places provide jobs, and people choose to eat there because the food tastes good and doesn't cost much.


 

So it's insulting to insist that government has to tell people what’s good for them or not.


The Health Department says more South-Central children are obese compared to other kids in LA Counties. Even though the chains have added healthier options to their menus, supporters of the ban are demanding more grocery stores and casual restaurants that serve fresh vegetables and food that' not fried.


 

With gas price rises, it would be a lot more convenient if they would be in our neighborhood.


They are probably gonna vote on the moratorium in the fall, and again, if it passes, it doesn't mean these go away, just means no new ones would be allowed to be built.

 

Chris Lawrence, CNN, Los Angeles.

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