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Wash Your Bags -- Or Else

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 5:05 AM
1. Fill a reusable plastic shopping bag with worn-out CFLs, catalytic converters, solar panels, and other toxic "green" junk. 2. Top it with one square of toilet paper in honor of Sheryl Crow. 3. Ship the parcel to your least-favorite busybody official or public figure. 4. Repeat.
San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

They found a 46 percent rise in food-borne illness deaths. The bottom line: "Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to, conservatively, 5.4 annual additional deaths."

So is San Francisco's bag ban a killer? Conceivably, yes, but probably...